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scald1

[skawld]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to burn or affect painfully with or as if with hot liquid or steam.
  2. to subject to the action of boiling or hot liquid.
  3. to heat to a temperature just short of the boiling point: to scald milk.
  4. to parboil or blanch (fruit, vegetables, etc.).
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verb (used without object)
  1. to be or become scalded.
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noun
  1. a burn caused by the action of hot liquid or steam.
  2. any similar condition, especially as the result of too much heat or sunlight.
  3. Plant Pathology.
    1. a blanching of the epidermis and adjacent tissues, which turn pale or dark brown, caused by extreme heat or sun exposure.
    2. a condition resembling scald caused by improper conditions of growth or storage, as in apples, or by fungi, as in cranberries.
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Origin of scald1

1175–1225; Middle English scalden (v.) < dialectal Old French escalder < Late Latin excaldāre to wash in hot water. See ex-1, caldarium
Related formsnon·scald·ing, adjectiveun·scald·ed, adjectiveun·scald·ing, adjective

scald2

[skawld, skahld]
noun
  1. skald.
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scald3

[skawld]
adjective Archaic.
  1. Also scalled. scabby; scurvy.
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noun
  1. a scab.
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Origin of scald3

First recorded in 1490–1500; scall + -ed3

skald

or scald

[skawld, skahld]
noun
  1. one of the ancient Scandinavian poets.
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Origin of skald

First recorded in 1755–65, skald is from the Old Norse word skāld poet
Related formsskald·ic, adjectiveskald·ship, noun
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scald1

verb
  1. to burn or be burnt with or as if with hot liquid or steam
  2. (tr) to subject to the action of boiling water, esp so as to sterilize
  3. (tr) to heat (a liquid) almost to boiling point
  4. (tr) to plunge (tomatoes, peaches, etc) into boiling water briefly in order to skin them more easily
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noun
  1. the act or result of scalding
  2. an abnormal condition in plants, characterized by discoloration and wrinkling of the skin of the fruits, caused by exposure to excessive sunlight, gases, etc
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Derived Formsscalder, noun

Word Origin

C13: via Old Norman French from Late Latin excaldāre to wash in warm water, from calida (aqua) warm (water), from calēre to be warm

scald2

noun
  1. a variant spelling of skald
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scald3

adjective Also: scalled
  1. scabby
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noun
  1. a scab or a skin disease producing scabs
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Word Origin

C16: from scall

skald

scald

noun
  1. (in ancient Scandinavia) a bard or minstrel
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Derived Formsskaldic or scaldic, adjective

Word Origin

from Old Norse, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for scald

v.

c.1200, "to be very hot; to afflict painfully with hot liquid or steam," from Old North French escalder "to scald, to scorch" (Old French eschalder "heat, boil up, bubble," Modern French échauder), from Late Latin excaldare "bathe in hot water" (source also of Spanish escaldar, Italian scaldare "heat with hot water"), from Latin ex- "off" (see ex-) + calidus "hot" (see calorie). Related: Scalded; scalding. The noun is c.1600, from the verb.

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skald

n.

"Scandinavian poet and singer of medieval times," 1763, from Old Norse skald "skald, poet" (9c.), of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE root *sekw- (3) "to say, utter." The modern word is an antiquarian revival. "Usually applied to Norwegian and Icelandic poets of the Viking period and down to c 1250, but often without any clear idea as to their function and the character of their work" [OED]. Related: Scaldic.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

scald in Medicine

scald

(skôld)
v.
  1. To burn with a hot liquid or steam.
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n.
  1. A body injury caused by scalding.
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