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microwave

[mahy-kroh-weyv] /ˈmaɪ kroʊˌweɪv/
noun
1.
an electromagnetic wave of extremely high frequency, 1 GH 3 or more, and having wavelengths of from 1 mm to 30 cm.
verb (used without object), microwaved, microwaving.
3.
to use a microwave oven.
verb (used with object), microwaved, microwaving.
4.
to cook, defrost, or otherwise prepare in a microwave oven.
Origin of microwave
1930-1935
1930-35; micro- + wave
Related forms
microwaveable, adjective
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  • I was talking to him by microwave when he was seized by them.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Three-quarters of all American households (Barbie's included) use a microwave oven.

  • Obviously, it had something to do with microwave transmission and reception.

    The Kenzie Report Mark Clifton
  • The microwave -- which always reeked of popcorn and spilled soup -- was right in there, on top of the miniature fridge.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • They're like flares, except that they operate on microwave frequencies instead of visible light.

    Hanging by a Thread Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for microwave

microwave

/ˈmaɪkrəʊˌweɪv/
noun
1.
  1. electromagnetic radiation in the wavelength range 0.3 to 0.001 metres: used in radar, cooking, etc
  2. (as modifier): microwave generator
2.
short for microwave oven
verb (transitive)
3.
to cook in a microwave oven
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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microwave in Medicine

microwave mi·cro·wave (mī'krə-wāv', -krō-)
n.
A high-frequency electromagnetic wave, one millimeter to one meter in wavelength, intermediate between infrared and shortwave radio wavelengths. v. mi·cro·waved, mi·cro·wav·ing, mi·cro·waves
To cook or heat using microwaves.

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microwave in Science
microwave
  (mī'krō-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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