type of electromagnetic wave, 1931, coined in English from micro- + wave (n.). First record of microwave oven is from 1961 (micro-oven also was used); microwave as short for this is attested from 1974; as a verb, from 1976. For a verb, "Better Homes and Gardens: magazine tried micro-cook (1976).
updated on January 10, 2019
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