Definition of browser in English:

browser

noun

  • 1A person who looks casually through publications or websites or at goods for sale:

    ‘a wonderful array of shops that will keep any browser amused for hours’
    • ‘Clear terminology, wide margins with boxed highlights, frequent topical headings and the overall layout of the book is very user-friendly for browsers.’
    • ‘Would a browser in a bookstore notice that these books were somehow different, cheaper perhaps?’
    • ‘The site is targeted at book lovers, from dealers to readers, and gives browsers the chance to track down antiquarian titles, for example.’
    • ‘WH Smith's was doing a roaring morning trade, and I joined browsers and time-killers at the magazine rack.’
    • ‘Her book Articulations was released by author Shashi Deshpande at Landmark in front of friends, well-wishers, browsers and even some of the artists featured in her book.’
    • ‘You mustn't damage the book jacket or the spine - and yet browsers always pull out books by gripping the spine and pulling hard.’
    • ‘It is always bustling with intrepid browsers (I prefer the quieter and relatively less crowded annex on Fulton Street in lower Manhattan) and books stretch as far as the eye can see.’
    • ‘People who find books are encouraged to log onto a website and write their opinions of the novel, their location and their experiences with it which, in turn, will encourage internet browsers to buy the book.’
    • ‘Few book browsers would guess that it is about the president's dog.’
    • ‘Salt Lake earns glowing reviews these days from dog lovers, vegetarians, bookstore browsers, microbrew guzzlers, and especially recreationists.’
    • ‘This is a book for browsers, easily read and studied, a few random pages at a time as the reader's time and interest permits.’
    • ‘Nothing spoils the pleasure of spending time in a bookshop for the frequent browser than finding a book too quickly.’
    • ‘The hushed reading rooms that feel cool even on a hot day, the murmuring quiet broken only by occasional whispering, and browsers lost in dark book stacks.’
    • ‘Much of my childhood was spent trailing the footsteps of my father among the bidders, browsers and serious buyers at auctions and rural clearing sales.’
    • ‘All in all, anything anyone ever wanted to know about the inside of a Lancaster is here for casual browsers or would-be restorers of a Lancaster - if they can lay hands on one!’
    • ‘I enjoyed this book, which is made for a browser's pleasure and edification.’
    • ‘Portlaw 2000 was set up by award-winning amateur photographer Sean O'Brien as a special project commemorating the Millennium and can now be seen by net browsers all over.’
    • ‘Even casual browsers will immediately be reminded of similar examples known to them.’
    • ‘For the casual browser, there are plenty of short films to watch, plus you can download numerous screenplays submitted by aspiring writers.’
    • ‘And some information is aimed at those book browsers who are interested in biographical details concerning more artistic and intellectual matters.’
  • 2A computer program with a graphical user interface for displaying HTML files, used to navigate the World Wide Web:

    ‘a web browser’
    • ‘The first thing you need to do is disable Java and JavaScript in your browser, and HTML rendering in your e-mail client.’
    • ‘This is because most of the current major browsers are still very forgiving of html mistakes, however future browsers will become more html compliant as the Internet advances.’
    • ‘Java applets allowed developers to deliver real client applications within the browser.’
    • ‘You can get a general idea of what technologies to look at by staying up to date with the advances in operating systems, browsers and related software and hardware.’
    • ‘Many viruses have exploited loopholes in commonly used web browsers and email software to increase their chances of spreading effectively.’
    • ‘The receiver can be accessed and controlled remotely using Internet browsers or company software.’
    • ‘An example of multitasking would be: running your Internet browser and word processor at the same time.’
    • ‘Documents with extra-wide margins are now displayed in a browser with a horizontal scroll bar.’
    • ‘The browser reads the HTML and other programming codes to display the pages as you see them.’
    • ‘When a search word is typed into the program, the browser uses the Google search engine to pull up masses of pictures to process.’
    • ‘The more you add, the less room there is for the browser to display the Web pages you find with the toolbars.’
    • ‘Do the same publishers who complain about Autolink also complain if different browsers display their websites in different ways?’
    • ‘Opera Software develops browsers for desktop, smart phone, PDA, iTV and vertical markets.’
    • ‘If, like most people, you're using a graphical browser, after login you see two frames.’
    • ‘People using graphical Web browsers who have poor eyesight or who forgot their reading glasses may be out of luck, too.’
    • ‘When you navigate to a website, your browser looks for a file named index.htm.’
    • ‘Of course most people have graphical browsers, but that's no excuse to exclude a minority who don't.’
    • ‘In addition to the usual bug fixes, the update is said to add not only a web browser and an email program, but a word processor and a spreadsheet.’
    • ‘They are tracking developments in browsers, multimedia, interactive software products, distributed database queries and the like.’
    • ‘Microsoft is built on bundling new applications such as web browsers, e-mail programs and music players into its software.’
  • 3An animal which feeds mainly on high-growing vegetation:

    ‘roe deer are browsers, living throughout the year in dense woodland’
    • ‘Although the theridomyids are considered to have been herbivore browsers, some dental characters allow a more detailed conclusion on dietary adaptations.’
    • ‘The lack of natural checks and balances from top predators and browsers has led to some species teetering on the brink of extinction, while others spread like plagues.’
    • ‘There are some farmers however who manage fenced in browsers who view the worms with concern as competitors for the mopane tree leaves.’
    • ‘Goats are natural browsers, but in Iowa they can't be raised on pasture exclusively and will need feed supplements, including high-selenium trace mineral salt.’
    • ‘They are exclusively browsers, using their long necks to reach into the crowns of trees to feed.’
    • ‘Generally, goats are browsers with diets of about 70% non-grassy species who won't compete with cattle for grass.’
    • ‘These animals were probably browsers that fed on softer plant material, leaves, and shoots.’
    • ‘Most species are browsers, but some include a substantial proportion of graze in their diets.’
    • ‘Many of the extinct marsupial megafauna were large, herbivorous browsers, some weighing several tons.’
    • ‘Grazers, for example, require a comparatively greater grinding area of cheek teeth than browsers and frugivores.’
    • ‘Grasslands replaced forests, so grazing mammals spread at the expense of browsers.’
    • ‘They believe the presence of these proboscideans would restore the balance that existed in Pleistocene times between grazers and large browsers.’
    • ‘Minimizing grazing impact is not difficult, Antonio Manzanares says, since sheep are natural browsers and like to keep moving.’
    • ‘Species in class a were primarily browsers that selected foods with a high protein-to-fiber ratio, such as flowers, fruits, and seed pods.’
    • ‘As we shall see the grazers, browsers, and mixed feeders all learn to make do with what's at hand.’
    • ‘Reindeer are browsers, feeding on more than 90 different plant species.’
    • ‘As mentioned above, the comparison of the hypsodonty values of cervids with those of modern deer suggests that the cervids were mixed feeders or browsers from closed habitats.’
    • ‘Molars and premolars are hypsodont in grazing forms such as horses, and brachydont in browsers such as tapirs.’
    • ‘If Apatosaurus and Diplodocus were both low browsers, what potential advantages would be incurred from robust or gracile humeri and femora if walking on wet sediments?’
    • ‘In Eurasia and North America, the spread of grasslands forced an evolutionary change in herbivorous mammals, with the forest browsers giving way to the prairie grazers.’

Pronunciation:

browser

/ˈbraʊzə/