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

Radiation is everywhere, from potassium in bananas to the microwaves popping our popcorn. Ellen Knickmeyer, The Seattle Times, "APNewsBreak: EPA says a little radiation may be healthy," 2 Oct. 2018 The dishwasher- and microwave-safe wares nest together to save space. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best kitchen accessories under $150 to shop now," 20 Aug. 2018 Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui The Fairmont Kea Lani is an all suite and villa resort that spans 22 oceanfront acres and includes family-friendly one-bedroom suites—starting around 860 square feet—equipped with sleeper sofas, microwaves, and balconies. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 This would affect clocks that get their power from a wall socket, such as alarm clocks and those on microwaves and coffeemakers. Seth Borenstein, USA TODAY, "Running late? Clocks may go a little cuckoo with change to power grid maintenance rules," 17 May 2018 Two one-bedroom cottages, converted from sheds, have just a microwave and fridge, but equally impressive vistas. Jeanne Cooper, San Francisco Chronicle, "Top 10 California parks: Spend the night, but ditch the tent," 9 May 2018 The short circuit that caused the fire happened at a plug where a television, a microwave and a refrigerator were all connected, the newspaper Folha de S.Paulo quoted Public Security Secretary Magino Alves as saying. Washington Post, "Fire in Sao Paulo squat shines light on housing shortage," 8 May 2018 Linens are provided, and cabins are equipped with a coffee maker, microwave and small fridge. Alison Darosa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "May travel deals include South Pacific flights," 3 May 2018 With the advent of electric lights, refrigerators, microwaves and 7-Elevens, millions if not billions of us have jettisoned this pattern. David Kohn, chicagotribune.com, "Can timing of meals help with weight loss?," 27 Mar. 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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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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