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browse among (something)

1. To nibble or graze on plants, as of an animal. What can I do to keep animals from browsing among my plants?
2. To consider all of the options presented, often of reading material. Don't worry about me, I'll just browse among the magazines while I'm waiting.
See also: among, browse

browse on (something)

To nibble or graze on plants, as of an animal. What can I do to keep animals from browsing on my plants?
See also: browse, on

browse over

To casually or quickly look over something. Just browse over the pamphlet—you don't have to read it word for word.
See also: browse, over

browse through (something)

To casually or quickly peruse or look through something. Just browse through the pamphlet—you don't have to read it word for word. I like to browse through their clearance section and see if I can find any great deals.
See also: browse, through


1. To eat small amounts of food over a period of time, usually instead of full meals. I've been grazing all day, so I'm not very hungry right now.
2. To eat a variety of foods in small quantities at one time, instead of a full meal. I'm not too hungry, I think I'll just graze at the party.
3. To touch or scrape one without causing significant injury. Often said of gunshot wounds. You're so lucky the bullet only grazed your shoulder—a few inches lower, and you would have been in big trouble.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

browse among something

1. [for an animal] to wander about among plants and trees, selecting and eating some. The deer were browsing among the vegetables in my garden. The cows were browsing among the grasses in the field.
2. [for someone] to look at or survey different items of reading material. I browsed among the books on the rack until I found what I wanted. I browsed among the books for something suitable.
See also: among, browse

browse on something

[for an animal] to feed on some kind of plant material. The deer browsed on the tender shoots in my garden. The rabbit browsed on my carrots.
See also: browse, on

browse over something

 and browse through something
[for someone] to glance through written or printed material quickly or curiously. Why don't you browse over this and call me about it in the morning? I want to browse through this magazine quickly. When it has been browsed through by everyone, throw it away.
See also: browse, over
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


and browse
in. to eat a bit of everything at parties. We will just graze on party snacks rather than eat a full meal. I think I’ll just browse here and skip going out to dinner.


See graze
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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For each of 20 twigs sampled per willow, we noted them as either unbrowsed, browsed (only previous year's growth removed by browsing), or heavily browsed (more than previous year's growth removed by browsing).
The top 10 plant species preferred by calves accounted for 99% and 94% of the total browsed plant species during the dry and wet season, respectively.
2) Frame B displays the related papers and users: When the * of a paper in frame A is clicked, frame B will display the list of the users who have browsed the paper.
To reduce the trail-attraction effect, this research adopts the minimum page-stay session-grouping approach (Wang and Shao, 2004) that filters out learning objects browsed by a student in less than a specified time (say 7 seconds).
stems browsed at each sample area was 35% (SD = 13%).
For example, browsed plants taller or wider than the grid could be imaged by subsections that are later summed for whole plant assessments.
Although rowan can be the most abundant species in the seedling cohort in productive forests of northern Sweden, it is often almost entirely absent from the tree layer in highly browsed areas (Linder et al.
Dependent variables are cover (calculated using Daubenmire cover class data transformed into midpoints of the ranges), groundcover species diversity, evenness, richness, and floristic quality analyzed for differences between browsed and fenced treatments at the 4.0 [m.sup.2] level.
When the data are pooled across all four of the sites that experienced browsing and adjusted to expected frequencies, hemlocks outside patches are significantly more likely to be browsed than those inside patches (G-test, P = 0.003; Table 2).
Seaton (2002:19) classified forage plants based on their history of browsing by moose and the resulting compensatory growth, termed "architecture." In contrast to removal of CAG in a specific winter, architecture describes multi-year growth history and is unidirectional (unbrowsed [right arrow] browsed [right arrow] broomed) unless disturbance resets plants to an unbrowsed canopy.
Smooth sumac (Rhus glabra), a clonal perennial shrub, increased growth and likelihood to produce fruits 1 yr after it was browsed by deer (Strauss, 1991).
Only 4% of available birch stems were browsed in 1996, declining to 0.5% in 2010.
We clipped (standard garden clippers) browsed (~3 cm below the browse point) and unbrowsed twigs of all browse species (Table 1).
In addition, the interaction between distance to feeding station and an accumulated browsing index was included for Scots pine and downy birch to test if the effect of feeding station differed from the effect of previous browsing; Norway spruce was not included because it was only browsed at feeding stations.