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

According to the MIT Technology Review, researchers at Austria’s Institute of Science and Technology used entangled microwaves to create the world’s first quantum radar system. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How Quantum Radar Could Completely Change Warfare," 26 Aug. 2019 Another option is to use microwaves or other heated tools to melt the lunar soil into a flat surface, but that requires the use of experimental tech. Loren Grush, The Verge, "High-speed lunar dust could cloud the future of human missions to the Moon," 17 July 2019 Guests: Four Price per night: $83 (not including additional fees) Amenities: Heating and air conditioning, hot water, free parking on the premises, a coffee-maker and a microwave. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "These are the most unique Airbnbs in Indiana, from a converted church to a treetop lodge," 17 July 2019 But they can be controlled using microwaves, sound, and light. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Straining a diamond makes silicon-based qubit behave," 20 Sep. 2018 USA Today reports that in 1998, a radio signal was found in space, but was later found to have originated from a microwave. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Mysterious radio signal found in space and astronomers aren't sure where it's coming from," 7 Aug. 2018 So, these experiments were done by Willis Lamb and his student Robert Retherford at Columbia, observing for the first time the very fine behavior of hydrogen using microwaves to examine the hydrogen atoms, and Lamb got very precise results. Quanta Magazine, "A ‘Rebel’ Without a Ph.D.," 26 Mar. 2014 The old woman and the war veteran and the couples, and at last the tweaker with the cats and the charred bedroom, slowly filling up with identical futons like a bag of microwave popcorn. J. Robert Lennon, The New Yorker, "The Loop," 19 Aug. 2019 The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission uses several instruments – including a precipitation radar, microwave imager, visible and infrared scanner – to estimate rainfall. Aondover Tarhule, The Conversation, "We use satellites to measure water scarcity," 13 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Other appliances in the vast kitchen include a Cove dishwasher and a Wolf convection steam oven, which is an alternative to microwave cooking and reheating. oregonlive.com, "2019 Street of Dreams: A new farmhouse with his and her sheds rises in Wilsonville," 1 Aug. 2019 Of course, microwaving grits is not something everyone likes to do. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Jacksonville Beach Restaurant Debuts Its Own Line of Microwavable Grits," 26 July 2019 Add the beans and continue to microwave on high 2 minutes. Linda Gassenheimer, Twin Cities, "A little touch of France makes this recipe for fish that much better," 15 July 2019 Briefly microwaving corn brightens it and helps you more easily remove the ears’ husk and silks. Joe Yonan, The Denver Post, "For lazy summer days, this corn, tomato and tortilla-chip salad does all the work for you," 15 July 2019 And while John Dorsey may have microwaved the process a little bit, the team has anchors at the three most important positions in football, all under 25: Mayfield (24), Myles Garrett (23) and Denzel Ward (22). Conor Orr, SI.com, "Five Teams Entering Their Super Bowl Window," 2 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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The first known use of microwave was in 1931

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microwave

noun

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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