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 microwaveable (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 Make sure to clean your microwave very diligently directly after! Laura Kostelny, Country Living, "Help! How Long Does It Take to Thaw a Turkey?," 8 Nov. 2019 Melt the chocolate in the microwave then place it in a plastic bag. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "These Spooky Sweets Are Perfect For An Adult Halloween Treat," 25 Oct. 2019 Gentle pulses of microwaves cause the qubits to vibrate. Neil Savage, Scientific American, "Hands-On with Google’s Quantum Computer," 24 Oct. 2019 Their Fisher & Paykel dishwasher also has a two-drawer design, and their Sharp microwave pops out from under the counter. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Michael Graves's 'Forever House' is Changing the World of Universal Design," 20 Oct. 2019 Trader Joe’s also suggests heating it for 10 to 20 seconds in the microwave and then drizzling it on pumpkin pancakes. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "These new products at Trader Joe’s scream fall," 26 Sep. 2019 In a small bowl, melt peanut butter for 15 seconds in the microwave, until soft. Dallas News, "5 easy recipes for blondies that include lots of browned butter, nuts and liqueurs," 27 Aug. 2019 Arieli admits, but the kids are engrossed by the objects and use them in unusual ways, turning an old microwave into a space shuttle dashboard, for example. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "This Hebrew word can help you turn inevitable chaos into creativity," 11 Sep. 2019 The device detects microwaves emitted from our atmosphere at 22 specific energies, or channels. National Geographic, "Why looking at Earth from above is our most critical space mission," 22 Apr. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These flexible, washable toppers serve as flat pot lids while cooking, splatter guards for microwaving food, and covers for leftovers in the fridge. Sonal Dutt, PEOPLE.com, "See PEOPLE's 50 Food Favorites of 2019: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich, Sarah Jessica Parker's Wine, Best Olive Oils & More!," 25 Sep. 2019 These were linked to microwave resonators that could be used to control the qubit by using light of the appropriate frequency. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Paper leaks showing a quantum computer doing something a supercomputer can’t," 24 Sep. 2019 Cook the 'shrooms to best preserve their nutritional benefits, either by microwaving or grilling. Lisa Mulcahy, Good Housekeeping, "6 Surprising Mushroom Health Benefits for Your Skin, Brain, and Bones," 3 June 2019 The US Army has a new plan for microwaving drones out of the sky. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "The Army is buying microwave cannons to take down drones in mid-flight," 7 Aug. 2018 Then quickly microwave them at breakfast time, served with a piece of fresh fruit. Melissa Rayworth, Houston Chronicle, "Healthful breakfast on a busy school morning? It’s not so hard," 14 Aug. 2019 To cook, microwave the papadums one at a time for 40-60 seconds until puffed and slightly browned. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Curry Gazpacho," 14 Aug. 2019 Do not microwave, which will heat the ingredients unevenly. Gemma Tarlach, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bounty of the bees extends far beyond honey for your tea - to lotions, balms and even drinks," 16 July 2019 Within its iconic retro yellow packaging, this instant curry mix is a household favorite for making huge batches to be frozen and microwaved as needed. Dami Lee, latimes.com, "Yakult, ramen or Asian pears: What does your H Mart purchase say about you?," 1 July 2019

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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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18 Nov 2019

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The first known use of microwave was in 1931

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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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