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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On average, homeowners spend $10,875 to replace a full suite (the fridge, range, microwave oven and dishwasher), according to HomeAdvisor. Marissa Hermanson, Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2022 The Crockpot arrived amid a slew of innovations, from the microwave oven to the breadmaker, that promised to save women from the drudgery of cooking for their families. Olivia Potts, Longreads, 17 Nov. 2022 There are more than a few very funny moments of highbrow farce in the film, such as when one of the characters (played by Christian Bale) receives a microwave oven as a gift from a politician and brings it home to his wife on Long Island. Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 30 Dec. 2013 Not much larger than a microwave oven and weighing fifty kilos GNOM is highly mobile on four large wheels with 4x4 drive and a quiet 5-horsepower electric motor. David Hambling, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Alice Kelikian, who became a friend of his, remembered hanging out with him around a microwave oven that had just been installed on campus, warming up chocolate-chip cookies while talking about Italy and the philosopher John Rawls. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 28 Aug. 2022 The 55-pound, microwave oven-sized nanosatellite called a CubeSat, perched atop a 59-foot-tall Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle, rocketed off from New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 June 2022 The start of it all — before an unfortunate mishap with a microwave oven — was the wonky foot/ankle injury that cropped up inexplicably during her stay at Wimbledon in 2018. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Aug. 2022 Called the Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE), the tiny cubesat—about the size of a microwave oven—will launch no earlier than June 25, 2022 after a several delays. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 23 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of microwave oven was in 1955

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“Microwave oven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microwave%20oven. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

microwave oven

: an oven in which food is cooked by the heat produced from microwave penetration of the food
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