microwave

noun, often attributive
mi·​cro·​wave | \ -ˌwāv How to pronounce microwave (audio) \

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 How to pronounce microwaveable (audio) \ 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

Despite my best efforts, hot pink beet juice somehow winds up absolutely everywhere—all over the counter and the cutting boards, on the floor, and in some seriously random spots like the microwave and the fridge. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Yes, It Is Possible to Prep and Cook Beets Without Making a Huge Mess—Here's How," 27 Feb. 2019 For now, for now, for today, because Amazon’s selling microwaves and furniture now. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Amazon is a ‘bully,’ and Facebook and Google are ‘the enemies of independent thought’," 3 Dec. 2018 Across from the sofa, a kitchen features an indoor-outdoor fridge, two-burner gas stove, sink, microwave, and extendable counter. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Compact camper van fits a bathroom, sleeps two," 27 Nov. 2018 Cover and microwave on high until the potatoes are just tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Grilled Sausage with Potatoes, Red Peppers and Spinach," 29 Aug. 2012 Strain spiced cream into a large microwave-safe bowl. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Eggnog Mousse Snowmen," 29 Nov. 2018 If the microwave is an over-the-range model and provides general kitchen ventilation, be especially thorough cleaning its vent surfaces of greasy dust. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "15 Things to Do Around the House Before the Holidays," 16 Nov. 2018 But skepticism about whether microwaves are to blame remains. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "US Intelligence thinks Russia may have microwaved US embassies in Cuba, China," 11 Sep. 2018 There's no hot coffee or hot food, but microwaves are available for customers who want to warm something up. Houston Chronicle, "Get your stuff and go: Amazon opens store with no cashiers," 22 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Photo: Nona Lim Campbell launched its drinkable soups after researchers noticed that parents sometimes poured soup into thermos containers to drink in their cars or microwaved it in mugs while working from home. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "Put Down That Spoon—This Soup Is For Drinking," 5 Jan. 2019 Favorite Meal on the Go: Black Bean & Jack Cheese Burrito Just don't microwave it at the office. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "The 16 Most Popular Trader Joe's Products of 2017," 16 Jan. 2018 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

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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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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 How to pronounce microwave (audio) \

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 How to pronounce microwave (audio) \

Medical Definition of microwave

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

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