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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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The selected browse species of trees and shrubs maintain their foliage during the winter (dormant) also and may continue to be palatable for livestock.
Nutritive Composition: This was preliminary report about the nutritive composition of browse species in the arid rangelands of Cholistan desert.
It indicates that browse species of this area serves as an essential and consistent source of DM, along other nutrients for feeding the livestock of Cholistan.
The concentration of CP in browse species was higher than minimum level of 7-8%, essential for optimum feed intake and function of rumen in grazing animals (Van Soest, 1994).
According to results, contents of CP in browse species were higher than 8%, which were sufficient for medium level of production in ruminants.
In this study, mean concentration of crude fiber (CF) was 24.36%, which varied from 13.45 to 33.45% among browse species.
The results showed that concentration of acid detergent fiber (ADF) in selected browse species was ranged from 12.33 to 33.67%.
It is very further recommended to determinate the comparative nutrient value of all available browse resources during various seasons, phenological stages to meet animal requirements for optimum livestock production.
The average available browse density estimated by biomass at large feeding stations was 53% higher in summer (15.2 [+ or -] 1.7 g/[m.sup.2]) than winter (9.9 [+ or -] 1.0 g/[m.sup.2]).
The available and consumed browse density for each browse species was largest at large feeding station paths followed by random feeding station, random plot, and straight transect paths.
The pattern of consumption rate was similar to that of consumed browse density.
Path type--Despite the general similarities in diet diversity, all browse species comprised different portions of the winter diet on the 4 path types (Kruskal-Wallis, [H.sub.3] > 12.3, P < 0.007) except paper birch and hazel (Kruskal-Wallis, [H.sub.3] < 1.2, P > 0.60; Table 6).
Individual diets were also different from browse availability on their respective foraging paths (all moose: [[chi square].sub.[less than or equal to]9] [greater than or equal to] 74.6, P < 0.0001 for all moose).
By contrasting browse density along a foraging path at large feeding stations with alternate routes, we demonstrated how moose increased effective browse density by selecting a specific foraging path.
Arguably, it also reflects the browse availability a moose would actually perceive.