microwave
I. noun Usage: often attributive Date: 1931 1. a comparatively short electromagnetic wave; especially one between about one millimeter and one meter in wavelength 2. microwave oven II. transitive verb Date: 1973 to cook or heat in a microwave oven • microwavable or microwaveable adjective

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  • microwave — [mī′krō wāv΄] adj. 1. designating or of that part of the electromagnetic spectrum associated with the larger infrared waves and the shorter radio waves: used for radar, communications, etc. and generally regarded as from 300,000 to 300 megahertz… …   English World dictionary

  • microwave — (n.) type of electromagnetic wave, 1931, coined in English from MICRO (Cf. micro ) + WAVE (Cf. wave) (n.). First record of microwave oven is from 1961; microwave as short for this is attested from 1974; as a verb, from 1976 …   Etymology dictionary

  • microwave — ► NOUN 1) an electromagnetic wave with a wavelength in the range 0.001 0.3 m, shorter than that of a normal radio wave but longer than those of infrared radiation. 2) (also microwave oven) an oven that uses microwaves to cook or heat food. ► VERB …   English terms dictionary

  • microwave — [v] cook bake, heat, melt, nuke*, warm up, zap*; concept 170 …   New thesaurus

  • Microwave — This article is about the electromagnetic wave. For the cooking appliance, see Microwave oven. For other uses, see Microwaves (disambiguation). A microwave telecommunications tower on Wrights Hill in Wellington, New Zealand Microwaves, a subset… …   Wikipedia

  • microwave — I UK [ˈmaɪkrəˌweɪv] / US noun [countable] Word forms microwave : singular microwave plural microwaves * 1) microwave or microwave oven an oven that cooks food very quickly by passing electricity through it, instead of using heat 2) science a type …   English dictionary

  • microwave — mi|cro|wave1 [ˈmaıkrəweıv] n 1.) also .microwave oven a type of ↑oven that cooks food very quickly using very short electric waves instead of heat ▪ I ll heat it up in the microwave. 2.) a very short electric wave that is used in cooking food and …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • microwave — mi|cro|wave1 [ maıkrə,weıv ] noun count * 1. ) microwave or microwave oven an oven that cooks food very quickly by passing electricity through it, instead of by heat 2. ) a type of ELECTROMAGNETIC wave: microwave radiation microwave mi|cro|wave 2 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • microwave — [[t]ma͟ɪkroʊweɪv[/t]] microwaves, microwaving, microwaved 1) N COUNT A microwave or a microwave oven is an oven which cooks food very quickly by electromagnetic radiation rather than by heat. 2) VERB To microwave food or drink means to cook or… …   English dictionary

  • microwave — microwaveable, adj. /muy kroh wayv /, n., v., microwaved, microwaving. n. 1. an electromagnetic wave of extremely high frequency, 1 GH3 or more, and having wavelengths of from 1 mm to 30 cm. 2. See microwave oven. v.i. 3. to use a microwave oven …   Universalium

  • microwave — 1. noun /ˈmaɪkrəˌweɪv,ˈmaɪkrəʊˌweɪv/ a) An electromagnetic wave with wavelength between that of infrared light and radio waves. b) A microwave oven. See Also: microwave proof 2. verb /ˈmaɪkrəˌweɪv,ˈmaɪkrəʊˌweɪv/ To cook ( …   Wiktionary

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