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

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Men like Quraishi staffed the microwave ovens and mopped the floors. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Why these workers from India miss wartime Afghanistan," 21 Aug. 2019 That’s about equal to the energy consumption of a microwave oven. Mark Dent, WIRED, "The Hard-Luck Texas Town That Bet on Bitcoin—and Lost," 11 July 2019 Place corn in a sieve and run hot water through to quickly defrost the corn or place in a microwave oven for 2 minutes. Linda Gassenheimer, Twin Cities, "Texas Turkey Burgers are perfect for any summer barbecue," 8 July 2019 Skeptics suspected interference from mobile phones or microwave ovens. Quanta Magazine, "A Cosmic Burst Repeats, Deepening a Mystery," 18 Apr. 2017 The computer’s console, with its numeric keypad, resembled that on a microwave oven, and its small readout screens cast an eerie green light from below. Stephen Witt, WIRED, "Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control," 24 June 2019 Many astronomers were skeptical, speculating that mundane sources such as lightning strikes or even microwave ovens created the signal. Yvette Cendes, Discover Magazine, "What Are FRBs? The Discovery of Mysterious Signals From the Cosmos," 7 Feb. 2019 The Replicator+ is a bit larger than a microwave oven at 20.8 x 17.4 x 16.2 inches. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Plug and 3D-Print With the Makerbot Replicator+," 17 Oct. 2016 Imagine, for example, a description of seven ways of having no use for a microwave oven—that could hardly provide an interesting collection of views. Tim Crane, WSJ, "‘Seven Types of Atheism’ Review: Better Off Without Him?," 17 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of microwave oven

1955, in the meaning defined above

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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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