Definition of microwave in English:


Line breaks: micro|wave
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
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    • 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.


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  • Cook (food) in a microwave oven: he microwaved some steak out of the freezer
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    • 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.



(also microwavable) adjective
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  • 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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