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browse
Last modified: Wednesday, August 28, 2002 

(1) In database systems, browse means to view data. Many database systems support a special browse mode , in which you can flip through fields and records quickly. Usually, you cannot modify data while you are in browse mode.

(2) In object-oriented programming languages, browse means to examine data structures.

(3) To view formatted documents. For example, you look at Web pages with a Web browser. Browse is often used to mean the same as surf.

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