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microwave

[ mahy-kroh-weyv ]
/ 藞ma瑟 kro蕣藢we瑟v /
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noun
an electromagnetic wave of extremely high frequency, 1 GH3 or more, and having wavelengths of from 1 millimeter to 30 centimeters.
verb (used without object), mi路cro路waved, mi路cro路wav路ing.
to use a microwave oven.
verb (used with object), mi路cro路waved, mi路cro路wav路ing.
to cook, defrost, or otherwise prepare in a microwave oven.
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Origin of microwave

First recorded in 1930鈥35; micro- + wave

OTHER WORDS FROM microwave

mi路cro路wave路a路ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for microwave

microwave
/ (藞ma瑟kr蓹蕣藢we瑟v) /

noun
  1. electromagnetic radiation in the wavelength range 0.3 to 0.001 metres: used in radar, cooking, etc
  2. (as modifier)microwave generator
short for microwave oven
verb (tr)
to cook in a microwave oven
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Scientific definitions for microwave

microwave
[ m墨kr艒-w膩v鈥 ]

An electromagnetic wave with a frequency in the range of 100 megahertz to 30 gigahertz (lower than infrared but higher than other radio waves). Microwaves are used in radar, radio transmission, cooking, and other applications. Microwaves are generated naturally by many astronomical phenomena and are found in cosmic background radiation. See more at electromagnetic spectrum.
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