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

This method may also cause a bit of a stink (seriously!); the microwave should only be used as a last resort. Amy Mitchell, Country Living, "How to Ripen an Avocado Fast," 3 May 2019 Sterilize bottles in boiling water or the microwave. Jenny Marder, The Seattle Times, "There’s mold in your kids’ bath toys (and that’s probably OK)," 12 Feb. 2019 Even the company admits that most gamers are wedded to the promise of 100 percent connectivity and no Wi-Fi chip maker can stop interference when a Hot Pocket is being heated up in your microwave. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Killer's AX 1650 network card taps Wi-Fi 6 for wireless gaming that doesn't suck," 15 Apr. 2019 Alexa users can now talk to their car, their TV, their doorbell and even their microwave. David Pierce, WSJ, "Google Unveils New Hardware, Including a Tablet-Laptop Hybrid and a Tabletop Smart Display," 9 Oct. 2018 For this week’s wild card, use your microwave to help prepare a Tuna Casserole. Atlanta Life, ajc, "7 Day Menu Planner," 30 Mar. 2018 This citrusy fruit has all kinds of helpful uses around the house from removing stains to freshening your microwave. Rebecca Shinners, Country Living, "Is This the Secret to Making your Dishes Cleaner Than Ever?," 15 May 2015 Expect to replace a microwave as well as an AC unit every 10 years. Kaitlin Clark, Curbed, "How long household appliances should last," 1 Nov. 2018 And Millennials are not alone in their love of the microwave to heat and eat snacks. Zoya Gervis, Fox News, "Majority of Americans no longer eat 3 meals a day, study finds," 27 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Add about a tablespoon or two of water in a bowl with your rice, cover it, and microwave it for about a minute. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make a Perfect Pot of Rice Without a Rice Cooker," 2 Mar. 2019 To cook: When microwaving pork, the USDA suggests cooking with medium or medium-high power. Sasha Henriques, Woman's Day, "What You Need to Know About Reheating Food in the Microwave," 4 Sep. 2015 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

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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 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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