Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An electromagnetic wave with a wavelength between that of infrared and short waves (one millimeter to one meter).
  • n. Informal A microwave oven.
  • transitive v. To cook or heat (food) in a microwave oven.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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

  • n. 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
  • n. 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
  • v. cook or heat in a microwave oven

Etymologies

micro- +‎ wave (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Short for microwave oven.

    December 31, 2007

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    October 5, 2007

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    October 5, 2007

  • The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket (but not in his hand!).

    October 5, 2007