microwave

noun, often attributive
mi·​cro·​wave | \ ˈmī-krō-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-​krō-​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 In microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening and stir until smooth. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "14 Holiday Cookie Contest winning recipes, ahead of this year's Dec. 4 reveal," 29 Nov. 2019 Stay safe: Shove your key fob in your refrigerator, freezer, microwave, or some other giant hunk of metal that can block the radio signal so that thieves can never pick it up. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "5 Impressive Ways Criminals Use Wireless Signals to Steal Everything—Even Your Car," 27 Nov. 2019 When seniors today were children there were no color televisions, no microwaves, no cell phones, no computers, no internet, no digital or video cameras, no local gyms, no dating aps, no cable, no recycling centers, no faxes or copy machines. Lois Szymanski, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Szymanski: Caring for those who cared for us is a moral obligation," 15 Nov. 2019 On the game show, which has been running since 1972, four contestants are asked to guess the price of consumer products, like washing machines, microwaves, or jumbo packs of paper towels. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "Why are people getting worse at “The Price Is Right”?," 2 Nov. 2019 Rooms feature free Wi-Fi and up-to-date entertainment technology, refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers and other conveniences. Gerry Frank, oregonlive, "3 great places to stay when you’re visiting Lincoln City: Gerry Frank’s picks," 13 Oct. 2019 Let’s remove the cucumber slices from our eyes and the fish sticks from the microwave, rock a suit like Arsenio Hall, crush some Mario Kart, take the door off the hinges, and welcome Jennifer Morrison into the group. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "This Is Us star Jennifer Morrison on why she joined the show, what to expect from Cassidy," 9 Oct. 2019 The day of the reservation, guests are sent a door code that provides access to the tiny home, where there is a queen-size bed, refrigerator, microwave, shower, and even DirecTV. Emily Price, Fortune, "This Hotel Is Made up Entirely of Tiny Houses," 29 Sep. 2019 There is also a KitchenAid range, microwave, new dishwasher and trash compactor. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Peaceful neighborhood on the outside, pristine updated home on the inside," 11 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Just before serving, the potatoes are microwaved, with finishing touches of butter and sour cream mixed in. Grant Butler, oregonlive, "Make-ahead mashed potatoes, plus 13 other essential Thanksgiving potato dishes," 19 Nov. 2019 All of the elements are thoroughly blended, then poured into a little container and microwaved. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "You can design your own lipstick at this new custom blended lipstick lab in Brookfield," 5 Nov. 2019 The glass containers can be frozen, refrigerated, microwaved and put in the oven and dishwasher. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "A Beginner's Guide on How to Meal Prep Like a Pro," 2 Oct. 2019 These flexible, washable toppers serve as flat pot lids while cooking, splatter guards for microwaving food, and covers for leftovers in the fridge. Sonal Dutt, PEOPLE.com, "See PEOPLE's 50 Food Favorites of 2019: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich, Sarah Jessica Parker's Wine, Best Olive Oils & More!," 25 Sep. 2019 These were linked to microwave resonators that could be used to control the qubit by using light of the appropriate frequency. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Paper leaks showing a quantum computer doing something a supercomputer can’t," 24 Sep. 2019 Cook the 'shrooms to best preserve their nutritional benefits, either by microwaving or grilling. Lisa Mulcahy, Good Housekeeping, "6 Surprising Mushroom Health Benefits for Your Skin, Brain, and Bones," 3 June 2019 The US Army has a new plan for microwaving drones out of the sky. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "The Army is buying microwave cannons to take down drones in mid-flight," 7 Aug. 2018 Then quickly microwave them at breakfast time, served with a piece of fresh fruit. Melissa Rayworth, Houston Chronicle, "Healthful breakfast on a busy school morning? It’s not so hard," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Microwave.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microwave. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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More Definitions for microwave

microwave

noun
How to pronounce microwave (audio)

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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