brows·​er | \ ˈbrau̇-zər How to pronounce browser (audio) \

Definition of browser

1 : one that browses
2 : a computer program used for accessing sites or information on a network (such as the World Wide Web)

Examples of browser in a Sentence

There were a few browsers in the bookstore.
Recent Examples on the Web Find your browser and follow the instructions below. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Privacy tip: How to delete cookies from your phone," 18 Feb. 2021 Some may not even be able to remember their email address, let alone know how to refresh their web browser frequently enough to land a spot. New York Times, "Primary Care Doctors Are Left Out of the Vaccine Rollout," 10 Feb. 2021 Microsoft’s latest version of its Edge browser, in conjunction with Microsoft Bing, are rolling out some intriguing new features as part of the latest Microsoft Edge version 88 update. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft Edge will open your email from the new tab page," 22 Jan. 2021 Microsoft insisted that the Internet Explorer browser wasn't a separate product but was rather a new feature of Windows. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Apple’s app store is an illegal monopoly, rival Cydia claims in suit," 11 Dec. 2020 But first Amazon and now Nvidia have gotten around that ban by letting customers play cloud games via the Safari browser included on every iPhone instead of trying to distribute their own app from Apple's app store. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Nvidia plans to bring Fortnite back to the iPhone despite Apple ban," 19 Nov. 2020 When you're logged into Netflix in your web browser, hover the mouse cursor over your user avatar (top left), and then go to Manage Profiles. David Nield, Wired, "Share Streaming Accounts? Set Up Separate User Profiles," 17 Jan. 2021 Finally on macOS, with your web browser or any other application open, select Edit, Speech, and Start Speaking to have your computer read the current document or web page. David Nield, Popular Science, "How to convert text articles into audio (and why you might want to)," 5 Jan. 2021 But be sure your browser's anti-tracking features are turned on (see Steve Alexander, Star Tribune, "Trying to stop the invasion of the web trackers," 20 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of browser

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of browser was in 1675

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23 Feb 2021

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“Browser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of browser

: a person who looks at the things being sold in a store to see if there is something worth buying : a person who browses
: a computer program that is used to find and look at information on the Internet


brows·​er | \ ˈbrau̇-zər How to pronounce browser (audio) \

Kids Definition of browser

1 : a person or animal that browses
2 : a computer program providing access to sites on the World Wide Web

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