What is microwave?

  • (verb): Cook or heat in a microwave oven.
    Example: "You can microwave the left-overs"
    Synonyms: micro-cook, zap, nuke
    See also — Additional definitions below


Microwaves are radio waves with wavelengths ranging from as long as one meter to as short as one millimetre, or equivalently, with frequencies between 300 MHz (0.3 GHz) and 300 GHz. This broad definition includes both UHF and EHF (millimeter waves), and various sources use different boundaries. In all cases, microwave includes the entire SHF band (3 to 30 GHz, or 10 to 1 cm) at minimum, with RF engineering often putting the lower boundary at 1 GHz (30 cm), and the upper around 100 GHz (3 mm).

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Christopher Snowden - Honours and Awards
... He was awarded the IEEE Microwave Prize in 1999 for his world-leading research paper on Microwave power transistors for communicating applications and the IEEE Distinguished Educator Award in 2009 by ... Silver Medal for 'Outstanding personal contributions to the UK microwave semiconductor industry' in 2004 ... received the 2012 Outstanding Career Award from the European Microwave Association ...
... The Special Sensor Microwave Imager / Sounder (SSMI/S) is an 24-channel, 21-frequency, linearly polarized passive microwave radiometer system ... It is the successor to the Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I) ...
Soil Moisture And Ocean Salinity Satellite - Science - Instrumentation
... carries a new type of instrument called Microwave Imaging Radiometer with Aperture Synthesis (MIRAS) ... creates images of radiation emitted in the microwave L-band (1.4 GHz) ... the land and in the salinity of seawater by observing variations in the natural microwave emission coming up off the surface of the planet ...
Microwave - History and Research
... building a spark gap radio transmitter that produced 450 MHz microwaves, in the UHF region ... conducted research into the propagation of microwaves ... Perhaps the first, documented, formal use of the term microwave occurred in 1931 "When trials with wavelengths as low as 18 cm were made known, there was undisguised surprise that the problem of the micro-wave had ...
Myth Busters (2009 Season) - Episode 128 - Greased Lightning - Microwave Mayhem
... a block of C-4 can be detonated by placing it in a microwave oven and heating it for one minute ... Busted The Build Team set up three microwave ovens, each of which contained a different C-4 device one unaltered block, one with wiring similar to that used in ... Since a person placing this bomb in a microwave would be unable to get to safety before it exploded, the team declared the myth busted ...

More definitions of "microwave":

  • (noun): 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.
  • (noun): Kitchen appliance that cooks food by passing an electromagnetic wave through it; heat is produced by the absorption of microwave energy by the water molecules in the food.
    Synonyms: microwave oven

Famous quotes containing the word microwave:

    The New Age? It’s just the old age stuck in a microwave oven for fifteen seconds.
    James Randi (b. 1928)