Definition of microwave in US English:

microwave

noun

  • 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.

    • ‘They emit electromagnetic radiation called low intensity pulsed microwave radiation.’
    • ‘The structures refract, or bend, different types of electromagnetic radiation - such as radar, microwaves, or visible light - in ways natural substances can't.’
    • ‘This astrophysical shortfall came about because an entire window of the electromagnetic spectrum - microwaves - hadn't yet been opened.’
    • ‘Molecular absorption spectra are observed in the infrared and microwave portion of the electromagnetic radiation spectrum.’
    • ‘All the light that we see is made from electromagnetic waves, and so are infra-red and ultraviolet light, microwaves, radio waves and X-rays.’
    • ‘The catch is that radar uses radio waves in the microwave frequency range, or approximately one centimeter in wavelength.’
    • ‘There are radio waves, microwaves, infrared light, visible light, ultraviolet light, X-rays and gamma rays, all of which form what is known as the ‘electromagnetic spectrum’.’
    • ‘According to the pigeon enthusiasts, powerful electromagnetic microwave radiation is destroying the birds' sense of direction.’
    • ‘Because microwaves have wavelengths longer than even invisible infrared radiation, they are observed in the radio region of the spectrum with radio telescopes.’
    • ‘Other examples of the non-ionizing part of the electromagnetic spectrum include AM and FM radio waves, microwaves, and infrared waves from heat lamps.’
    • ‘Lights that we cannot see like radio waves, microwaves and x-rays fall on either end of the visible spectrum of light.’
    • ‘Electromagnetic radiation is a term that describes energy waves and includes microwaves, infrared and visible light, as well as ultraviolet light and X-rays.’
    • ‘In my universe, what we hear are sound waves, not portions of the electromagnetic spectrum (as microwaves are).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I could see the radio waves, microwaves, gamma rays, and other optical and non-optical radiation that black holes naturally give off.’
    • ‘Digital cell phones send out compressed information through microwave pulses of electromagnetic radiation.’
    • ‘I am looking for any information on the Doppler radars and the effects of microwave radiation.’
    • ‘Our bodies use both electrical and chemical communication, and non-ionizing radiation such as microwaves and electricity from power lines can seriously interfere with homoeostasis in the body.’
    • ‘For example, the belief that radio waves or microwaves can be used to cause a person to hear voices transmitted to him seems unlikely.’
    • ‘Turbine blades also emit microwave radiation which can interfere with planes' primary radar, secondary surveillance radar and navigation aids.’
    1. 1.1
      short for microwave oven
      • ‘Food cooked in a microwave oven does not present a radiation risk.’
      • ‘The microwave oven in your lounge or kitchen has not been cleared by the FDA for medical use.’
      • ‘Use a microwave oven or counterop appliances instead of your stove top or oven.’
      • ‘Soften the palm sugar in a microwave oven at high heat for about 10 seconds.’
      • ‘Just like microwaves from a microwave oven, they pass right through the food and leave no direct contamination.’
      • ‘Many do feel that the food cooked in the microwave oven is not tasty.’
      • ‘But that is not stopping any potential owner of a frost-free refrigerator or a microwave oven.’
      • ‘I don't use microwaves because the radiation will kill you.’
      • ‘Some people like to cook food partially in the microwave oven or on the stove to reduce smoking time.’
      • ‘Plastic syringes can be heat sterilized in a microwave oven.’
      • ‘Doctors warned today of the dangers of eggs exploding after being heated in a microwave oven and leading to serious injuries.’
      • ‘Could you write instructions for a microwave oven?’
      • ‘You will be questioned as to how often you invite guests for meals and whether you have a microwave oven, a refrigerator and a deep freezer.’
      • ‘You can do practically every kind of food preparation using an efficient microwave oven, without the fuss or the mess that could result from using an oven with a gas flame.’
      • ‘Also up for grabs were walking sticks, Zimmer frames, wheelchairs, microwaves, refrigerators and industrial vacuum cleaners.’
      • ‘I don't cook without a microwave oven, not these days I don't.’
      • ‘If you have cold leftover cooked potatoes, plain or mashed, reheat them in a microwave oven until steaming, then measure.’
      • ‘I would also point out that many of our clients can't cook their own meals and don't own a microwave oven.’
      • ‘A derivation of this technique is to use the silica in combination with a microwave oven.’
      • ‘Soften the butter briefly in a warm place in the kitchen or in a microwave oven until very soft but not melted.’

verb

[with object]
  • Cook (food) in a microwave oven.

    • ‘I microwaved an old doughnut today, and it was at once both hot enough to burn my tongue but tasty enough to be worth it.’
    • ‘Yesterday I ate a salad that came frozen, and needed to be microwaved for four minutes.’
    • ‘This whole ‘link plus commentary’ business is about as difficult as microwaving a burrito.’
    • ‘Braising, steaming, poaching, stewing, and microwaving meats minimize the production of these chemicals.’
    • ‘This is a very tolerant risotto variant and can be microwaved uncovered.’
    • ‘I was trying to microwave some soya beans for snacking.’
    • ‘However, the heat generated by microwaving oil-based foods such as fish, nuts or seeds leads to rapid breakdown of essential fats.’
    • ‘Grilling, steaming or microwaving food rather than frying or roasting means less fat is added during cooking.’
    • ‘Stay near the oven when microwaving popcorn, heat buildup can cause a fire.’
    • ‘The modern equivalent, recommended by Lawrence, is to make a weekly batch and freeze it in bags to be microwaved each morning.’
    • ‘It can be microwaved, under cling film, for three to four minutes, depending on the thickness of the shoots, and then left to stand for another three minutes.’
    • ‘Ree microwaved the food and they settled down in front of the television.’
    • ‘It was bad enough with people microwaving food right next to all the equipment I had to store securely (by keeping it in cardboard boxes on my table).’
    • ‘He said, and I quote, ‘cooking is an act of love, but microwaving frozen food for your children is an act of hate’.’
    • ‘I microwaved the ice cream for 45 seconds and voila!’
    • ‘You are right to point out that I overlooked the scientific inaccuracy of the previous questioner and focused instead on the food being microwaved.’
    • ‘We microwaved a pizza and had a few drinks to celebrate the closure of business and I pretended to be sleepy drunk.’
    • ‘The damp spinach can be microwaved without adding additional water.’
    • ‘Not many people are aware that a medium sized potato can be microwaved in 6 minutes, compared to 8 minutes for rice.’
    • ‘He also stated that plastic wrap placed over foods as they are microwaved and freezing your water using plastic water bottles will also release dangerous dioxins into your food and water.’

Pronunciation

microwave

/ˈmaɪkrəˌweɪv//ˈmīkrəˌwāv/