2. [syn: browser, web browser]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Browser \Brows"er\ (brouz"[~e]r), n.
1. An animal that browses.
2. (Computers) a computer program that permits the user to
view multiple electronic documents in a flexible sequence
by the process of activating hypertext "buttons" within
one document, which serves as a reference to the location
of related document. The term is currently (late 1990's)
used mostly for programs which allow traversing hypertext
paths in documents on the internet. A typical browser will
permit the user to easily reverse direction, and view
again documents previously accessed.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a viewer who looks around casually without seeking anything
2: a program used to view HTML documents [syn: browser, web
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
A program specifically designed to help users view and navigate hypertext,
on-line documentation, or a database. While this general sense has been
present in jargon for a long time, the proliferation of browsers for the
World Wide Web after 1992 has made it much more popular and provided a
central or default techspeak meaning of the word previously lacking in
hacker usage. Nowadays, if someone mentions using a ?browser? without
qualification, one may assume it is a Web browser.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
A program which allows a person to read
hypertext. The browser gives some means of viewing the
contents of nodes (or "pages") and of navigating from one
node to another.
Netscape Navigator, NCSA Mosaic, Lynx, and W3 are
examples for browsers for the web. They act as
clients to remote web servers.