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[brou-zer] /ˈbraʊ zər/
a person or thing that browses.
Also called Web browser. Digital Technology. a software program that allows the user to find and read encoded documents in a form suitable for display, especially such a program for use on the World Wide Web.
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a person or animal that browses
(computing) a software package that enables a user to find and read hypertext files, esp on the Internet
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Word Origin and History for web browser



1845, "animal which browses," agent noun from browse (v.). In the computer sense by 1982.

The first browser was invented at PARC by Larry Tesler, now a designer at Apple Computer. Tesler's first Smalltalk browser was a tree-structured device. It enabled programmers to hunt quickly for items in a Smalltalk dictionary. ["InfoWorld" magazine, vol. v., no. 4, Jan. 24, 1983]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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web browser in Science
A program that accesses and displays files and other data available on the Internet and other networks. Entering a website's URL in the address window of a browser will bring up that website in the browser's main window.
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web browser in Culture

Web browser definition

A software program that facilitates entry to and usage of the Internet.

browser definition

See Web browser.

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web browser in Technology

World-Wide Web
A browser for the World-Wide Web.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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