scald

1
[skawld]

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to be or become scalded.

noun


Origin of scald

1
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
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scald

1

verb

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

noun

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
Derived Formsscalder, noun

Word Origin for scald

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

scald

2

noun

a variant spelling of skald

scald

3

adjective Also: scalled

scabby

noun

a scab or a skin disease producing scabs

Word Origin for scald

C16: from scall
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Word Origin and History for scalding
adj.

early 13c., present participle adjective from scald (v.)). Scalding hot recorded from late 14c.

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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scalding in Medicine

scald

[skôld]

v.

To burn with a hot liquid or steam.

n.

A body injury caused by scalding.
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