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Noun: microwave  'mI-krow,weyv
  1. 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
  2. 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
    - microwave oven
Verb: microwave  'mI-krow,weyv
  1. Cook or heat in a microwave oven
    "You can microwave the leftovers";
    - micro-cook, zap [informal], nuke [informal]

Derived forms: microwaving, microwaved, microwaves

Type of: cook, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetic wave, kitchen appliance, nonparticulate radiation

Part of: electromagnetic spectrum

Encyclopedia: Microwave