microwave

[ mahy-kroh-weyv ]
/ ˈmaɪ kroʊˌweɪv /

noun

an electromagnetic wave of extremely high frequency, 1 GH3 or more, and having wavelengths of from 1 mm to 30 cm.

verb (used without object), mi·cro·waved, mi·cro·wav·ing.

to use a microwave oven.

verb (used with object), mi·cro·waved, mi·cro·wav·ing.

to cook, defrost, or otherwise prepare in a microwave oven.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. microvasculature,
  2. microvillus,
  3. microvolt,
  4. microwatt,
  5. microwavable,
  6. microwave background,
  7. microwave communication,
  8. microwave detector,
  9. microwave oven,
  10. microwave spectroscopy

Origin of microwave

First recorded in 1930–35; micro- + wave

Related formsmi·cro·wave·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for microwave

microwave

/ (ˈmaɪkrəʊˌweɪv) /

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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Word Origin and History for microwave

microwave

n.

type of electromagnetic wave, 1931, coined in English from micro- + wave (n.). First record of microwave oven is from 1961; microwave as short for this is attested from 1974; as a verb, from 1976.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for microwave

microwave

[ mīkrə-wāv′, -krō- ]

n.

A high-frequency electromagnetic wave, one millimeter to one meter in wavelength, intermediate between infrared and shortwave radio wavelengths.

v.

To cook or heat using microwaves.

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Science definitions for microwave

microwave

[ mīkrō-wāv′ ]

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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