microwave (n.)

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

Definitions of microwave from WordNet
microwave (n.)
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;
microwave (n.)
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;
Synonyms: microwave oven
microwave (v.)
cook or heat in a microwave oven;
You can microwave the leftovers
Synonyms: micro-cook / zap / nuke
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