browse
Pronunciation Verb

browse (browses, present participle browsing; 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.
    • 1997, [https://web.archive.org/web/20100611165037/http://csfs.colostate.edu/pdfs/wildlife_values.pdf Colorado State Forest Service]
      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.
  5. (archaic, transitive) To feed on, as pasture; to pasture on; to graze.
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, The Gardener's Daughter; or, The Pictures
      Fields […] browsed by deep-udder'd kine.
Translations Translations Translations Translations Noun

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 […]
    • Sheep, goats, and oxen, and the nobler steed, / On browse, and corn, and flowery meadows feed.
  2. Fodder for cattle and other animals.
    • 1997, [https://web.archive.org/web/20100611165037/http://csfs.colostate.edu/pdfs/wildlife_values.pdf Colorado State Forest Service]
      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.
    • 2007, Texas Parks and Wildlife Service ↗
      In the Panhandle Area, bison eat browse that includes mesquite and elm.



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