(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 recordsquickly. 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.