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

Other Words from microwave

Verb

microwavable or microwaveable \ ˌmī-​krō-​ˈwā-​və-​bəl How to pronounce microwave (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 If the coconut oil is not already in a liquid state, melt it on a stovetop or in the microwave. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Apr. 2022 Your mother-in-law can pop it in the microwave for one minute, and then drape it around her neck or shoulders to soothe any aches and pains after a long day. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, 29 Apr. 2022 Pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds to use as a heating pad or stash it inside the freezer to turn it into a quick cold pack. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Mullens’ favorite tip is using a wet cloth or paper towel in the microwave to clean the inside — without any need to scrub. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Apr. 2022 Executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle just finished warming up her tea in the microwave and is ready to offer some key intel on the End. Dan Snierson, EW.com, 11 Apr. 2022 The noodle structure remains intact even after time in the oven or a blitz in the microwave the following day. Danielle Bernabe, Bon Appétit, 11 Apr. 2022 Directions: Bake these potatoes ahead and reheat in the microwave if desired. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 26 Apr. 2022 These slippers can be heated up in the microwave to warm his toes up or placed in the fridge during summer to cool them off. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, 19 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Or use an English muffin or a tortilla to microwave a quick veggie pizza with tomatoes, cheese or mushrooms. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 7 May 2022 If the chips aren’t melted, microwave at 15-second intervals, stirring after each time, until the chocolate is smooth. Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2021 Black Mirror episode where awful unctuously racist talk show host patiently cultivates a horrible audience for 30 years and then at the end convinces the worst 10% of men in America to microwave their own nuts. Peter Weber, The Week, 18 Apr. 2022 The light from this epoch, now stretched to microwave wavelengths because of the universe’s subsequent expansion, is detectable as the all-pervading cosmic microwave background. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, 18 Apr. 2022 Top with cheddar cheese and return to microwave and cook until eggs are completely set, 15 to 30 seconds longer. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 24 Jan. 2022 Don’t microwave plastic food-storage bags or plastic bags from the grocery store, even if the package is marked as safe for microwaving. Washington Post, 5 Mar. 2021 Stir with a fork, then microwave another 30 seconds. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 24 Jan. 2022 To reheat, microwave the muffins on LOW for about 30 seconds or reheat in a 300-degree oven for 10 minutes. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

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“Microwave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microwave. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for microwave

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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