microwave

noun, often attributive
mi·cro·wave | \-ˌwāv \

Definition of microwave 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a comparatively short electromagnetic wave especially : one between about one millimeter and one meter in wavelength

microwave

verb
microwaved; microwaving; microwaves

Definition of microwave (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cook or heat in a microwave oven

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Other Words from microwave

Verb

microwavable or microwaveable \ˌmī-krə-ˈwā-və-bəl \ adjective

Examples of microwave in a Sentence

Noun

The apartment came with a microwave.

Verb

microwave a bowl of soup

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The park has four cabins with air conditioning, lights, electrical outlets, heating, microwave and mini fridge. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Kartchner Caverns has summer discounts for Arizona residents, military members," 6 June 2018 Cover and microwave on medium power for 5-6 minutes to partially cook. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Smoked Garlic Potato Salad," 6 June 2018 Plump bedding and plush chairs and sofas provide comfort, while microwaves and refrigerators (plus a grab-and-go market by the lobby) provide convenience. Jeanne Cooper, SFChronicle.com, "Suite Spot: Cameron’s Inn, Half Moon Bay," 12 July 2018 Shipped in ready-to-heat cups (simply microwave for one to two minutes), the preservative-free vegetable medleys are available in three refreshing flavors: chickpea and za’atar, beet and sesame, and kale and lemongrass. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "5 New Healthy Meal-Delivery Programs, Just In Time for Summer," 11 July 2018 Cover and microwave on high (100 percent power) for 2 minutes. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Pack up a picnic of Spanish tapas to feed a crowd," 3 July 2018 With under-counter refrigerators, toasters, a microwave and racks for more durable dishes, the breakfast area allows both children and adults to make far more than just breakfast. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "The Rise of the Child-Friendly Luxury Kitchen," 14 June 2018 Remove the paper towels, rewrap the tofu with fresh ones, and microwave on HIGH for another 30 seconds. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "How to start teaching your kids to cook: an age-appropriate guide," 12 June 2018 That new technology includes a laser rangefinder, which supplements the microwave rangefinding technology used in the original GRACE mission. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's New Climate Satellites Are Pioneering Laser Rangefinding Tech," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Fearing for the baby, the family microwaved some milk from the fridge, put it in a water bottle and attempted to feed the fragile elk. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Born of tragedy, newborn elk triumphs thanks to kindness of strangers," 12 July 2018 Dad and son each took our order, made a suggestion, and helpfully microwaved the pastries to warm them a bit. Alex Kiesig, idahostatesman, "'I love this city': Eat your way through the Capital City Public Market," 6 July 2018 In the researchers' case, the frequency difference between two colors corresponds to microwave radiation (in fact, radiation near the 5GHz Wi-Fi band). Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Laser-powered cell phone transmitters could be in your future," 9 May 2018 Continue microwaving in 30-second increments, stirring in between, or until chocolate is melted. Susan Selasky, charlotteobserver, "Make your own chocolate bowls for Valentine’s Day," 13 Feb. 2018 After thawing, they can be heated on a hot pan for best results, or microwaved. sandiegouniontribune.com, "Product spotlight: vegan tortillas from Potapas," 9 May 2018 The 5 Dirtiest Things You Touch Every Day The next most effective method was microwaving. Alice Park, Time, "You Should Throw Away Your Germy Kitchen Sponge Immediately. Here’s How to Wash Your Dishes Instead," 27 Apr. 2018 As BuzzFeed reports, this unconventional method works by immersing your Beautyblender in a cup of soapy water and microwaving for one minute. Marissa Miller, Teen Vogue, "How to Clean Beautyblenders Using a Microwave," 28 Mar. 2018 Cooking and eating from the same vessel means one less thing to wash—and isn't microwaving all about laziness, anyway? Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "These Life-Proof Containers Have Kept My Microwave Clean for 3 Years," 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of microwave

Noun

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1973, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microwave was in 1931

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More Definitions for microwave

microwave

noun

English Language Learners Definition of microwave

 (Entry 1 of 2)

physics : a very short wave of electromagnetic energy

microwave

verb

English Language Learners Definition of microwave (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cook or heat (food) in a microwave oven

microwave

noun
mi·cro·wave | \ˈmī-krō-ˌwāv \

Kids Definition of microwave

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a radio wave between one millimeter and one meter in wavelength

microwave

verb
microwaved; microwaving

Kids Definition of microwave (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cook or heat in a microwave oven

microwave

noun, often attributive
mi·cro·wave | \-ˌwāv \

Medical Definition of microwave 

: a comparatively short electromagnetic wave especially : one between about 1 millimeter and 1 meter in wavelength

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