- to burn or affect painfully with or as if with hot liquid or steam.
- to subject to the action of boiling or hot liquid.
- to heat to a temperature just short of the boiling point: to scald milk.
- to parboil or blanch (fruit, vegetables, etc.).
- to be or become scalded.
- a burn caused by the action of hot liquid or steam.
- any similar condition, especially as the result of too much heat or sunlight.
- Plant Pathology.
- a blanching of the epidermis and adjacent tissues, which turn pale or dark brown, caused by extreme heat or sun exposure.
- a condition resembling scald caused by improper conditions of growth or storage, as in apples, or by fungi, as in cranberries.
Origin of scald1
Related Words for scaldingblistering, scorching, searing, blazing, sizzling, boiling, sweltering, incandescent, piping, baking, burning, steaming, flaming, warm, roasting, heated, close, broiling, white
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Contemporary Examples of scalding
New GOP primary challengers are looking to serve their Tea Party challengers a scalding hot cuppa change.Tea Party Eats Their Own
March 6, 2014
He sees his bare legs splayed out in front of him, and he sees hot brown pitch poured over them, scalding, clinging to his skin.Why the American Revolution's Loyalists Are True Patriots
February 12, 2011
Historical Examples of scalding
Lay the lemon-rind in scalding water, to extract the bitterness.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
His tears now flowed slow and scalding in the gloom that hid him from sight.His Masterpiece
These waters are scalding hot, but are pure, excepting a trace of iron.
The dust abounds; the winds are terrible; the sun is scalding.
The fire in his body, the scalding heat that had been quenched by the cold water.But, I Don't Think
Gordon Randall Garrett
- to burn or be burnt with or as if with hot liquid or steam
- (tr) to subject to the action of boiling water, esp so as to sterilize
- (tr) to heat (a liquid) almost to boiling point
- (tr) to plunge (tomatoes, peaches, etc) into boiling water briefly in order to skin them more easily
- the act or result of scalding
- an abnormal condition in plants, characterized by discoloration and wrinkling of the skin of the fruits, caused by exposure to excessive sunlight, gases, etc
Word Origin for scald
- a variant spelling of skald
- a scab or a skin disease producing scabs
Word Origin for scald
early 13c., present participle adjective from scald (v.)). Scalding hot recorded from late 14c.
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.
- To burn with a hot liquid or steam.
- A body injury caused by scalding.