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.

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John Doerr, a partner at the leading VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, was able to get in early on the pioneering browser Netscape, because one of its founders, the pathbreaking computer engineer Jim Clark respected his technical expertise. Avi Asher-schapiro, The New Republic, "The Very Small World of VC," 18 July 2019 The Amazon Assistant is a comparison-shopping tool that sits on your browser, alerting consumers to deals at the site or telling them if Amazon has a better price than a competing retailer. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Amazon offers Prime Day shoppers $10 to track their web data," 16 July 2019 Yana Paskova for The New York Times Michael Seidenberg, whose clandestine bookshop and literary salon on the Upper East Side was much loved by bibliophiles, literati and inveterate browsers, died on July 8 in a hospital in Danbury, Conn. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Michael Seidenberg, Who Ran a (Sort of) Secret Bookstore, Dies at 64," 15 July 2019 In version 69 of Chrome, users that logged into a Google website would also see that account attached to their web browser—meaning a users' browsing habits were attached to their instance of Chrome. Xavier Harding, Fortune, "Alphabet’s Latest Data Grab: Google Home Records Far More Sound Than Users Realize, Report Says," 11 July 2019 The issues stemmed from the additional installation of a web server by Zoom, which had been implemented to work around updates made to Apple’s Safari web browser requiring confirmation each time a user wants to join a Zoom meeting. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "A Flaw in Teleconferencing App Zoom Could Have Let Hackers Access Your Webcam. Here's How to Fix it," 9 July 2019 To do this, upload your pics through your web browser or your phone using their app. 11. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "16 Perks of Amazon Prime No One Tells You About," 1 July 2019 In the 1990s, Microsoft required PC makers to install Internet Explorer, which blocked out other web browsers like Netscape. CNN, "Silicon Valley is changing the world. It must do more to ensure everyone benefits," 25 June 2019 Relegated to Microsoft’s Edge browser, the digital bookstore never took off. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Microsoft's Ebook Apocalypse Shows the Dark Side of DRM," 30 June 2019

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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 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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