Etymology
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browse (v.)

mid-15c., brousen, "feed on buds, eat leaves or twigs from" trees or bushes, from Old French broster "to sprout, bud," from brost "young shoot, twig, green food fit for cattle or deer," probably from Proto-Germanic *brust- "bud, shoot," from PIE *bhreus- "to swell, sprout" (see breast (n.)). It lost its -t in English perhaps on the mistaken notion that the letter was a past participle inflection. Figurative extension to "peruse" (books) is 1870s, American English. Related: Browsed; browsing.

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Definitions of browse
1
browse (v.)
shop around; not necessarily buying;
Synonyms: shop
browse (v.)
feed as in a meadow or pasture;
Synonyms: crop / graze / range / pasture
browse (v.)
look around casually and randomly, without seeking anything in particular;
browse a computer directory
Synonyms: surf
browse (v.)
eat lightly, try different dishes;
Synonyms: graze
2
browse (n.)
vegetation (such as young shoots, twigs, and leaves) that is suitable for animals to eat;
a deer needs to eat twenty pounds of browse every day
browse (n.)
reading superficially or at random;
Synonyms: browsing
browse (n.)
the act of feeding by continual nibbling;
Synonyms: browsing
From wordnet.princeton.edu