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Finding a book gif

Would the act of quick looking through a shelf to find a book be called "browsing through the shelf"? Are there any alternatives to describe the same action?

Edit:

"Which hex do I enter? Which wall do I look at? Which shelf do I skim through? Which book do I open? What page do I read?"

What do you think, "skim through" works here?

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    Browsing has nothing to do with speed. You can browse slowly just as easily as quickly. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Jul 19 at 2:54
  • @JasonBassford So, "browsing through the shelf" won't work right? – Rhythm Jul 19 at 5:37
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    Browsing through the shelf is a perfectly fine phrase. But it doesn't mean that you were looking at the books at any particular speed. I could spend a minute browsing through books or hours. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Jul 19 at 5:44
  • @JasonBassford Oh, I see. – Rhythm Jul 19 at 5:57
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I would probably say: “I ‘skimmed’ through the bookshelf. ”

But with either option you choose, it would always help to add the adverb “quickly” for emphasis and brevity.

  • I'm not sure whether it's right or wrong, but that's what I've been thinking. – Rhythm Jul 19 at 5:30
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"Browsing through the shelf" or "browsing through the books on the shelf" could indeed be used for a quick look such as is shown in the animation. However, without context it would tend to imply a somewhat longer and more protracted examination.

"I scanned the bookshelf for X" or "I scanned the bookshelf for the title I wanted." (as suggested in the comment by Weather vane) comes closer, but even this tends to suggest a somewhat longer and more through examination of the books.

"I glanced at the shelf looking for X" or "I glanced through the books looking for X" suggests to me a very brief review of the books on the shelf.

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