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From Middle English browsen, from Old French brouster, broster (to nibble off buds, sprouts, and bark; browse), from brost (a sprout, shoot, bud), from a Germanic source, perhaps Frankish *brust (shoot, bud), from Proto-Germanic *brustiz (bud, shoot), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrews- (to swell, sprout). Cognate with dialectal English brut (to browse), Bavarian Bross, Brosst (a bud), Old Saxon brustian (to sprout). Related to breast, brush.



browse (third-person singular simple present browses, present participle browsing, simple past and past participle browsed)

  1. To scan, to casually look through in order to find items of interest, especially without knowledge of what to look for beforehand.
  2. To move about while sampling, such as with food or products on display.
  3. (transitive, computing) To navigate through hyperlinked documents on a computer, usually with a browser.
  4. (intransitive, of an animal) To move about while eating parts of plants, especially plants other than pasture, such as shrubs or trees.
  5. (archaic, transitive) To feed on, as pasture; to pasture on; to graze.
    • Tennyson
      Fields [] browsed by deep-uddered kine.

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browse (plural browses)

  1. Young shoots and twigs.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.10:
      And with their horned feet the greene gras wore, / The whiles their Gotes upon the brouzes fedd []
    • Dryden
      Sheep, goats, and oxen, and the nobler steed, / On browse, and corn, and flowery meadows feed.
  2. Fodder for cattle and other animals.
    • Texas Parks and Wildlife Service, 2007
      In the Panhandle Area, bison eat browse that includes mesquite and elm.
    • Colorado State Forest Service, 1997
      Also, when planting to provide a source of browse for wintering deer and elk, protect seedlings from browsing during the first several years; an electric fence enclosure can offer effective protection.

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browse (imperative brows, present browser, past browsede, past participle browset)

  1. (computing) to browse





  1. First-person singular present of browsen.
  2. First-person singular subjunctive I of browsen.
  3. Third-person singular subjunctive I of browsen.
  4. Imperative singular of browsen.