brows·er | \ˈbrau̇-zər \

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

Thanks to a spat that Google and Amazon can't seem to resolve, your only option for watching YouTube videos on an Amazon device right now is to use a browser. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Amazon's New Fire TV Device Is a Voice-Controlled Cube," 7 June 2018 Over the past few years, security practitioners have increasingly advised that people uninstall the stand-alone Flash app and use a browser that blocks Flash content by default. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Stymied by browsers, attackers embed Flash 0-day inside MS Office document," 7 June 2018 Previously, Opera indicated its awareness of cryptocurrency and the recent influx of scams by introducing anti-cryptojacking software in its web browsers. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Web browser Opera is testing a cryptocurrency wallet in its Android app," 11 July 2018 Google customers worldwide use the same Chrome browser, YouTube website or Android phone-operating system—and are served advertisements in much the same way. The Economist, "Chinese and US tech giants go at it in emerging markets," 5 July 2018 Get your smartphone to work faster, clean up your browser and delete redundant images. Steve Strauss, USA TODAY, "Bigger, better, faster: Let technology lead the way for your small business," 28 June 2018 Google has revealed this week that its fixes for the Spectre CPU vulnerabilities have caused its Chrome browser to use more memory. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Chrome now uses more RAM because of Spectre security fixes," 12 July 2018 Palmer noted that consumers can use a browser-extension, such as one called Honey, to compare prices across the web. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Grocery shopping? Some Amazon Prime Day deals have already begun," 10 July 2018 What company wants to sell ads in a format that the most popular web browser will block? Robert Levine,, "Google is hugely powerful. Is antitrust law up to the job?," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of browser

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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