from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to or being electromagnetic radiation between radio waves and infrared waves in the electromagnetic spectrum, having frequencies between 300 megahertz and 300 gigahertz and wavelengths between 1 meter and 1 millimeter.
  • noun A wave of microwave radiation.
  • noun Informal A microwave oven.
  • transitive verb To cook or heat (food) in a microwave oven.

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  • noun An electromagnetic wave with wavelength between that of infrared light and radio waves.
  • noun A microwave oven.
  • verb transitive To cook (something) in a microwave oven.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a short electromagnetic wave (longer than infrared but shorter than radio waves); used for radar and microwave ovens and for transmitting telephone, facsimile, video and data
  • noun kitchen appliance that cooks food by passing an electromagnetic wave through it; heat results from the absorption of energy by the water molecules in the food
  • verb cook or heat in a microwave oven


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micro- +‎ wave


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