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

And underneath the shelf holding the microwave is a kitty litter box. Kelly Meyerhofer, chicagotribune.com, "Wisconsin college offers pets as new on-campus living perk," 27 Aug. 2019 Warm in the microwave or oven along with the tomatoes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Mini Meatballs With Garlicky Tomatoes," 9 Aug. 2019 Many home cooks love the slow-and-soothing process of stirring up a creamy, cheese-flecked pot from scratch and wouldn't dream of tapping a few buttons on the microwave to yield a bowl of the goods. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Jacksonville Beach Restaurant Debuts Its Own Line of Microwavable Grits," 26 July 2019 AmazonBasics Microwave with free Echo Dot for $60: The microwave typically sells for $60, but Amazon is adding an Echo Dot for free. CBS News, "Amazon Prime Day 2019: Best deals on day 2 of Prime Day," 16 July 2019 Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave and let the tomatoes cool completely in the hot water. Evan Kleiman, latimes.com, "Sun-dried tomatoes, the Mickey Rourke of food, get their second act," 10 July 2019 Software inevitably has bugs that could be exploited, whether in a smart microwave or a complex flight system. Wired, "The Air Force Will Let Hackers Try to Hijack an Orbiting Satellite," 17 Sep. 2019 There are two farmhouse sinks, and new appliances include a Wolf six-burner range, dual Wolf ovens, Miele dishwasher, Sub-Zero refrigerator and two Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers, and a KitchenAid microwave. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Extraordinary Orinda Country Club estate," 23 July 2019 The company bought a home-appliance maker, Amana Refrigeration Inc., in 1965 and soon introduced a countertop microwave. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Raytheon’s Thomas Phillips: The CEO Who Refused to Tell His Own Story," 18 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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More Definitions for microwave

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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