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 Heat apple mixture in microwave, stirring occasionally, until apples are slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Baking a great Thanksgiving pie gets easier with these tips from the pros," 12 Nov. 2020 The kitchen is equipped with stainless-steel appliances, a combination oven/microwave and a gas stove. Dallas News, "Firm: Buy your next home before the year ends," 8 Nov. 2020 According to user @honeybobear's video, start by melting chocolate in the microwave, and then spread the melted chocolate into a baking mold. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Hot chocolate bombs are exploding on TikTok. What are 2020's latest viral food trend?," 6 Nov. 2020 Each offers a kitchenette with a microwave and mini-fridges, as well as secluded decks, wood-burning stoves and jetted hot tubs (emptied and cleaned after each visit). Washington Post, "Not all cabins close up for winter. Here are heated options for socially distant exploring.," 22 Oct. 2020 Made of strong porcelain and dishwasher/microwave safe, this is a great gift for a new homeowner or recent married couple, too. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Coffee (or tea!) mugs that make for easy gifts," 29 Sep. 2020 Stay in a luxurious teepee with a full bathroom or a glamping tent with ceiling fans, a microwave, air conditioning and a mini-fridge. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Camping goes mainstream: Glamping and RVs help make outdoor overnights effortless," 27 Oct. 2020 Are containers opened slowly after being removed from the microwave? Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Westlake Fire Department offers kitchen fire tips; Faces of Westlake nominations open," 13 Oct. 2020 Best Buy is taking $120 off the Whirlpool 1.7 cubic-foot, over-the-range microwave. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Labor Day sale: Best appliance deals at Best Buy, Wayfair, Home Depot, Walmart, Overstock," 3 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb General Atomics won a $3.3 million contract to develop assemblies that will transmit microwave heating into the centerpiece of the project, called ITER. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "General Atomics wins $3.3M contract to assist in nuclear fusion project in France," 6 Nov. 2020 Flip potatoes over and microwave again for an additional 4 minutes. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Grilled Hasselback sweet potatoes," 2 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, steam or microwave the bok choy, string beans and eggplant in separate batches until crisp-tender. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "5 recipes to bring comfort, from Hainanese chicken rice to stewed short ribs with adobo," 30 Oct. 2020 Continue to microwave and stir in 10 second intervals until melted and smooth. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "Chocolate Coconut Truffles," 14 Oct. 2020 Warm up individual slices in a skillet or microwave or reheat the whole pan in the oven. Washington Post, "Perspective | 8 make-ahead recipes for less cooking and more eating all week long," 30 Sep. 2020 Teams that play in small markets can’t expect to microwave success. Christian Clark | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "What does NBA culture change actually look like? Lessons from the Nuggets' rise," 16 Sep. 2020 ZipTop makes freezer, dishwasher, and microwave safe silicone containers. Natasha Bazika, House Beautiful, "Five Easy Ways to Reduce Waste in Your Kitchen," 1 July 2020 Cut off the first few inches of the ear, just a few rows above the stalk, and microwave on high for 30 to 60 seconds. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "How to pick, store, clean and cook peak summer corn," 31 July 2020

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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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Last Updated

17 Nov 2020

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“Microwave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microwave. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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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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