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microwave

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noun, often attributive mi·cro·wave \-ˌwāv\

Definition of microwave

  1. 1 :  a comparatively short electromagnetic wave; especially :  one between about one millimeter and one meter in wavelength

  2. 2 :  microwave oven

Examples of microwave in a Sentence

  1. The apartment came with a microwave.

Recent Examples of microwave from the Web

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First Known Use of microwave

1931


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microwave

verb mi·cro·wave

Definition of microwave

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cook or heat in a microwave oven

microwavable

or

microwaveable

play \ˌmī-krə-ˈwā-və-bəl\ adjective

Examples of microwave in a Sentence

  1. microwave a bowl of soup

Recent Examples of microwave from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'microwave'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of microwave

1973


MICROWAVE Defined for English Language Learners

microwave

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noun

Definition of microwave for English Language Learners

  • physics : a very short wave of electromagnetic energy

microwave

verb

Definition of microwave for English Language Learners

  • : to cook or heat (food) in a microwave oven


MICROWAVE Defined for Kids

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microwave

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noun mi·cro·wave \ˈmī-krō-ˌwāv\

Definition of microwave for Students

  1. 1 :  a radio wave between one millimeter and one meter in wavelength

  2. 2 :  microwave oven


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microwave

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verb mi·cro·wave

Definition of microwave for Students

microwaved

;

microwaving

  1. :  to cook or heat in a microwave oven


Medical Dictionary

microwave

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noun , often attributive mi·cro·wave \-ˌwāv\

Medical Definition of microwave

  1. :  a comparatively short electromagnetic wave; especially :  one between about 1 millimeter and 1 meter in wavelength



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