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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 ovenverb
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, nukeverb
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.
Microwave is a form of electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths ranging from about one meter to one millimeter corresponding to frequencies between 300 MHz and 300 GHz respectively. Different sources define different frequency ranges as microwaves; the above broad definition includes both UHF and EHF (millimeter wave) bands. A more common definition in radio-frequency engineering is the range between 1 and 100 GHz (wavelengths between 0.3 m and 3 mm). In all cases, microwaves include the entire SHF band (3 to 30 GHz, or 10 to 1 cm) at minimum. Frequencies in the microwave range are often referred to by their IEEE radar band designations: S, C, X, Ku, K, or Ka band, or by similar NATO or EU designations. The prefix micro- in microwave is not meant to suggest a wavelength in the micrometer range. Rather, it indicates that microwaves are "small" (having shorter wavelengths), compared to the radio waves used prior to microwave technology. The boundaries between far infrared, terahertz radiation, microwaves, and ultra-high-frequency radio waves are fairly arbitrary and are used variously between different fields of study. Microwaves travel by line-of-sight; unlike lower frequency radio waves, they do not diffract around hills, follow the earth's surface as ground waves, or reflect from the ionosphere, so terrestrial microwave communication links are limited by the visual horizon to about 40 miles (64 km). At the high end of the band, they are absorbed by gases in the atmosphere, limiting practical communication distances to around a kilometer. Microwaves are widely used in modern technology, for example in point-to-point communication links, wireless networks, microwave radio relay networks, radar, satellite and spacecraft communication, medical diathermy and cancer treatment, remote sensing, radio astronomy, particle accelerators, spectroscopy, industrial heating, collision avoidance systems, garage door openers and keyless entry systems, and for cooking food in microwave ovens.
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.
A type of device created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.
The microwave is so easy to use and functions efficiently.
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The numerical value of microwave in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of microwave in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of microwave in a Sentence
Everybody thinks video conferencing is easy and it turns out the tech is really hard to do, you don't control the network, you don't control the ISP, you don't control whether somebody turns the microwave on and interferes with the WiFi.
This is an extremely forgiving recipe that can easily be made in many different ways. Whether you want to microwave [below], cook it on the stove, or let it cook in the crockpot, we’ve got you covered.
Samsung could not make even microwave ovens there. Why? The technology used in microwaves is the basis of missile guidance systems.
One of my nephews was kidnapped. He was about 10 years old, americans are nothing without the translator. We are their mouth, their ears, their eyes. If they leave them behind, they are going to die. Most of them are going to die. MICROWAVE WEAPONS ARE TARGETING Ismail Khan OFFICIALS AT HOME AND ABROAD Chase Millsap served 3 tours in Iraq as a Marine Captain and spent 5 years trying to bring Chase Millsap Iraqi counterpart, who faced death threats from ISIS, to the US on a Special Immigrant Visa. Chase Millsap’s still waiting.
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.
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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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