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 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 The nearby thwacking of tennis balls was joined by the slow, steady rhythm of balls popping into mitts, like the last few popcorn kernels exploding in the microwave. New York Times, "He Just Wanted to Play Catch. They Got Relief From Troubled Times.," 15 Jan. 2021 The instructions for all of the meals are pretty straigh-forward: Remove the plastic container from the cardboard sleeve, peel up a corner to vent, heat in the microwave for three minutes, let sit for two minutes and then enjoy. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "Looking for healthier, low-carb meal delivery? Freshly Fit may be for you," 14 Jan. 2021 Heating your pet's food on the stove, or briefly in the microwave, can increase its smell. Star Tribune, "How to encourage a sick dog to eat," 25 Dec. 2020 Fill her with vinegar and water and pop her in the microwave for five to seven minutes, watch as cleansing steam shoots out of her ears, and enjoy a squeaky clean appliance. Jessica Boddy, Popular Science, "7 gifts to take the stress out of stress-cleaning," 16 Dec. 2020 Sales of fresh dinners that can be heated in the microwave already grew faster than meal kits in the U.S. this year—by more than 100% compared with 60%, respectively—according to credit-card data analytics firm Envestnet Yodlee. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Meal Kits Face Competition From the Microwave," 14 Dec. 2020 This budget-friendly recipe is scaled generously on purpose, because a plate of leftover gratin heated up in the microwave is truly a post-feast breakfast worth getting up early for. Katie Workman, Washington Post, "This cheddar potato gratin is so rich and creamy you’ll hope for leftovers," 14 Dec. 2020 Instead, cut six cups of cauliflower florets, steam them in the microwave, and use the resulting mulch to barter with your neighbors for cash. Colin Stokes, The New Yorker, "Twelve Surprising Ways to Use Cauliflower," 11 Dec. 2020 Melt white chocolate in microwave stirring every 30 seconds until melted and smooth. Sarah Baird, Good Housekeeping, "3 Ways To Stay Connected During the Holidays, According this Home Expert," 9 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Meanwhile, place remaining chocolate in a bowl; microwave on high in 30-second increments, stirring until melted and smooth. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Vegan Chocolate Truffles," 17 Dec. 2020 All of her pieces are carefully crafted by hand, but the items are still food, dishwasher, and microwave safe. Shelby Comroe, Marie Claire, "Coast to Coast: 50 Women-Run Businesses in America to Shop This Holiday," 7 Dec. 2020 Place potatoes on a plate and microwave at high for 4 minutes. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Grilled Hasselback sweet potatoes," 2 Nov. 2020 In large bowl, combine butter, sugars, and salt and microwave on High in 30-second increments, stirring between each, until butter is melted. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Oreo Brownies," 25 Nov. 2020 General Atomics won a $3.3 million contract to develop assemblies that will transmit microwave heating into the centerpiece of the project, called ITER. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "General Atomics wins $3.3M contract to assist in nuclear fusion project in France," 6 Nov. 2020 Flip potatoes over and microwave again for an additional 4 minutes. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Grilled Hasselback sweet potatoes," 2 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, steam or microwave the bok choy, string beans and eggplant in separate batches until crisp-tender. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "5 recipes to bring comfort, from Hainanese chicken rice to stewed short ribs with adobo," 30 Oct. 2020 Continue to microwave and stir in 10 second intervals until melted and smooth. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "Chocolate Coconut Truffles," 14 Oct. 2020

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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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Last Updated

22 Jan 2021

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“Microwave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microwave. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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