Definition of microwave in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪkrə(ʊ)weɪv/


1An 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. Microwaves are used in radar, in communications, and for heating in microwave ovens and in various industrial processes: [as modifier]: microwave radiation
More example sentences
  • Nor could you know whether it has an electromagnetic field or whether it is strongly emitting gamma rays, X rays, ultraviolet radiation, microwaves, or radio waves.
  • The catch is that radar uses radio waves in the microwave frequency range, or approximately one centimeter in wavelength.
  • Other examples of the non-ionizing part of the electromagnetic spectrum include AM and FM radio waves, microwaves, and infrared waves from heat lamps.
1.1 (also microwave oven) An oven that uses microwaves to cook or heat food: a cheesecake was defrosting in the microwave
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  • Many do feel that the food cooked in the microwave oven is not tasty.
  • Food cooked in a microwave oven does not present a radiation risk.
  • Some people like to cook food partially in the microwave oven or on the stove to reduce smoking time.


[with object]
Cook (food) in a microwave oven: he microwaved some steak out of the freezer
More example sentences
  • You are right to point out that I overlooked the scientific inaccuracy of the previous questioner and focused instead on the food being microwaved.
  • Grilling, steaming or microwaving food rather than frying or roasting means less fat is added during cooking.
  • Ree microwaved the food and they settled down in front of the television.



Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪkrə(ʊ)weɪvəb(ə)l/
(also microwavable) adjective
Example sentences
  • In my list of things that I will never do, ‘buy a microwaveable ready meal’ comes just underneath ‘buy an SUV’, and just above ‘go to another retro disco club’.
  • I picked two from that last category - ready to heat in microwaveable containers - and headed for home.
  • He has completely stopped eating packaged microwaveable convenience foods.

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