leaf-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: flip through pages

Commentary: Syntax includes: NP1[agent[animate]] LEAF PP[location] (PP[theme])

Barbara pulled open the first drawer and began leafing through the files.
Placido Geist was leafing through a mental catalog.
The angry cop began leafing through her IDs and credit cards as if they were junk mail.
What a dumb book, he decided, leafing from one sheet to the next till he reached the back cover.
He leafed through the Playbill for that show.

VerbNet: rummage-35.5
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: leaf.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2

Sense Number 2: grow leaves

Commentary: Includes LEAF_OUT Often occurs adjectivally, and occasionally metaphorically. Syntax includes: NP1[material] LEAF (OUT) (PP[product])

The source remained hidden by bushes just leafing with the spring.
The damage of the winter past was evident in trees leafing only above the reach of deer.
Begin this lesson before the deciduous trees in your area have begun to leaf out.
Christ's cross, which still bears his wounded body, has branched and leafed into a tree.
The tree in her yard had leafed into a pale green globe.
The olive trees are beginning to leaf out into bright green shapes.
Lieutenant Minver, two hundred yards away, would see the huge door leafing open.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: leaf.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3