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, microwave oven(verb)
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, micro-cook, zap, nuke(verb)
cook or heat in a microwave oven
"You can microwave the leftovers"
An electromagnetic wave with wavelength between that of infrared light and radio waves.
A microwave oven.
To cook (something) in a microwave oven.
Microwaves are radio waves with wavelengths ranging from as long as one meter to as short as one millimeter, or equivalently, with frequencies between 300 MHz and 300 GHz. This broad definition includes both UHF and EHF, and various sources use different boundaries. In all cases, microwave includes the entire SHF band at minimum, with RF engineering often putting the lower boundary at 1 GHz, and the upper around 100 GHz. The prefix "micro-" in "microwave" is not meant to suggest a wavelength in the micrometer range. It indicates that microwaves are "small" compared to waves used in typical radio broadcasting, in that they have shorter wavelengths. The boundaries between far infrared light, terahertz radiation, microwaves, and ultra-high-frequency radio waves are fairly arbitrary and are used variously between different fields of study. Microwave technology is extensively used for point-to-point telecommunications. Microwaves are especially suitable for this use since they are more easily focused into narrow beams than radio waves, their comparatively higher frequencies allow broad bandwidth and high data flow, and also allowing smaller antenna size because antenna size is inversely proportional to transmitted frequency. Microwaves are the principal means by which data, TV, and telephone communications are transmitted between ground stations and to and from satellites. Microwaves are also employed in microwave ovens and in radar technology.
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The numerical value of microwave in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of microwave in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Microwave Oven - When you zap, your food turns to crap. -Johnny The Walker
I don't have a microwave oven but I do have a clock that occasionally cooks shit.
I just bought a microwave fireplace. You can spend an evening in front of it in only eight minutes.
So many commuters bring food with them on public transport, but have to wait until they reach a place with a microwave oven if they want a hot meal.
I'm not Inspector Gadget, i don't believe people are using the microwave to spy on the Trump campaign. However, I'm not in the job of having evidence; that's what investigations are for.
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- microonaCatalan, Valencian
- micro-onde, micro-onderFrench
- 마이크 로파Korean
- gelombang mikroMalay
- [[гото́вить]] в [[микроволновая печьRussian
- máy hâm nóngVietnamese
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