In regards to this question on meta Stackoverflow I had a look at what definitions one find for "browser".
My definition of to browse is in short looking for information or things of interest. In this question I concentrate on computer based browsers.
One can for example have:
But, if one look at various definitions for "browser" one find:
- Merriam Webster: a computer program used for accessing sites or information on a network (as the World Wide Web)
- Oxford: A program with a graphical user interface for displaying HTML files, used to navigate the World Wide Web: 'a web browser'
- Collins: a software package that enables a user to find and read hypertext files, esp on the Internet
- Cambridge: a computer program that makes it possible for you to read information on the internet
- Google: a program with a graphical user interface for displaying HTML files, used to navigate the World Wide Web.
From these examples I'd say Oxford and Google is furthest off, esp. as it does not require a graphical user interface, nor is it limited to display HTML files.
Why is this? Why does seemingly all dictionaries limit "browser" to some software for sifting through The World Wide Web when it comes to computing?