microwave oven


Definition of microwave oven

: an oven in which food is cooked by the heat produced by the absorption of microwave energy by water molecules in the food

Examples of microwave oven in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first microwave oven, weighing 750 pounds and standing six feet tall. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Aug. 2021 Dear Heloise: To clean a microwave oven, dampen a paper towel or a dish cloth. Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2021 Heat in a microwave oven for about 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved in juice. Beth Segal, cleveland, 23 July 2021 Heat 1-2 minutes in the microwave oven, stirring halfway through. Beth Segal, cleveland, 25 June 2021 The van also has a small kitchen with a two-burner cooktop and a microwave oven. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 12 June 2021 Like a bag of popcorn in a faulty microwave oven, the economy is heating up...unevenly. Eliza Haverstock, Forbes, 8 May 2021 Decades later, engineers built modernized celestial navigators, now about the size of a microwave oven, into the B-2 bomber and Trident missile. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, 25 Apr. 2021 Every guest room has a desk, mini fridge, microwave oven and coffee maker. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of microwave oven

1955, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microwave oven was in 1955

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6 Sep 2021

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“Microwave oven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microwave%20oven. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of microwave oven

: an oven in which food is cooked or heated quickly by very short waves of electromagnetic energy

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Kids Definition of microwave oven

: an oven in which food is cooked by the heat produced as a result of penetration of the food by microwaves


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