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EtymologyEdit

micro- +‎ wave

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: mī'krə-wāv", IPA(key): /ˈmaɪkɹəˌweɪv/
  • enPR: mī'krō-wāv", IPA(key): /ˈmaɪkɹəʊˌweɪv/

NounEdit

microwave (plural microwaves)

  1. An electromagnetic wave with wavelength between that of infrared light and radio waves.
  2. A microwave oven.

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microwave (third-person singular simple present microwaves, present participle microwaving, simple past and past participle microwaved)

  1. (transitive) To cook (something) in a microwave oven.
    • 2011 December 14, Steven Morris, “Devon woman jailed for 168 days for killing kitten in microwave”, in Guardian[1]:
      A vengeful mother-of-three has been jailed for 168 days after being convicted of killing a neighbour's kitten by microwaving the 10-week-old pet.

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  • (cook in a microwave oven): nuke (colloquial)

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