|1.||to look through (a book, articles for sale in a shop, etc) in a casual leisurely manner|
|2.||computing to search for and read hypertext, esp on the World Wide Web|
|3.||(of deer, goats, etc) to feed upon (vegetation) by continual nibbling|
|4.||the act or an instance of browsing|
|5.||the young twigs, shoots, leaves, etc, on which certain animals feed|
|[C15: from French broust, brost (modern French brout) bud, of Germanic origin; compare Old Saxon brustian to bud]|
See Web browser.
browsern. A program specifically designed to help users view and navigate hypertext, on-line documentation, or a database. While this general sense has been present in jargon for a long time, the proliferation of browsers for the World Wide Web after 1992 has made it much more popular and provided a central or default meaning of the word previously lacking in hacker usage. Nowadays, if someone mentions using a `browser' without qualification, one may assume it is a Web browser.