- enPR: mī'krə-wāv", IPA(key): /ˈmaɪkɹəˌweɪv/
- enPR: mī'krō-wāv", IPA(key): /ˈmaɪkɹəʊˌweɪv/
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microwave (plural microwaves)
- An electromagnetic wave with wavelength between that of infrared light and radio waves.
- 1964 August, “The NER's microwave radio-telephone begins work”, in Modern Railways, page 129:
- Microwaves do not follow the curvature of the earth, but travel in a straight line. They must therefore have unobstructed "line of sight" and the dish aerials have to be sited on towers or high buildings, on high ground, or a combination of all three.
- Synonym: SHF
- Coordinate terms: longwave, mediumwave, shortwave, UHF
- Hypernyms: radio wave, wave
- Hyponyms: K band, Ka band, Ku band, X band
- Holonym: radio band
- Ellipsis of microwave oven..
- Just put it in the microwave for 30 seconds and it's ready to eat.
microwave oven — see microwave oven
microwave (third-person singular simple present microwaves, present participle microwaving, simple past and past participle microwaved)
- (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:
- 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.
- (transitive, slang) To provide minimal preparation for implementation, deeming full or extensive preparation as unnecessary.
cook in a microwave oven