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browse

 (brouz)
v. browsed, brows·ing, brows·es
v.intr.
1.
a. To inspect something leisurely and casually: browsed through the map collection for items of interest.
b. To read something superficially by selecting passages at random: browsed through the report during lunch.
2. To look for information on the internet.
3. To feed on leaves, young shoots, and other vegetation; graze.
v.tr.
1. To look through or over (something) casually: browsed the newspaper; browsing the gift shops for souvenirs.
2. To read (websites) casually on the internet.
3.
a. To nibble; crop.
b. To graze on.
n.
1. Young twigs, leaves, and shoots that are fit for animals to eat.
2. An act of browsing.

[Probably from obsolete French broust, young shoot, from Old French brost, of Germanic origin.]

brows′a·ble (-zə-bəl) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.browsing - reading superficially or at randombrowsing - reading superficially or at random  
reading - the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message; "his main reading was detective stories"; "suggestions for further reading"
2.browsing - the act of feeding by continual nibbling
eating, feeding - the act of consuming food
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In the first morality it is the eagle which, looking down upon a browsing lamb, contends that "eating lamb is good.
If he comes browsing about this farm, he might chance to run up against a charge of buckshot travelling in the opposite direction.
He launched his bark canoe and set me across the foot of the lake to the place where I had fastened my horse, and pointed out a spot where he might get a scanty browsing until the morning; when I returned and passed the night in the cabin of the hunter.
The elephant was browsing upon the young and tender shoots of some low bushes, waving his great ears and switching his short tail.
La Folle was sorry when they were gone, for she loved these dumb companions well, and liked to feel that they were there, and to hear them browsing by night up to her own enclosure.
And they'll follow that meal track to the lake and go browsing down the creek that leads out of it to find the robbers that killed me and took the things.
And in the meantime Korak wandered slowly westward, coming upon the trail of Tantor, the elephant, whom he overtook browsing in the deep shade of the jungle.
I saw my sweet love placid as a young cow browsing.
The cab-horse, who was browsing near, lifted his head with a sigh.
He might mount it himself, if he liked - in a while: already he was beginning to stir and look about him - and there it was for him, quietly browsing on the road-side.
They passed them on the road, browsing on the stunted grass; and the driver told them, that the poor beasts had wandered to the village first, but had been driven away, lest they should bring the vengeance of the crowd on any of the inhabitants.
Then he jumped like a cat, for he saw huge things nosing about in the shoal water and browsing on the heavy fringes of the weeds.