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scald1

[skawld] /skɔld/
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.).
verb (used without object)
5.
to be or become scalded.
noun
6.
a burn caused by the action of hot liquid or steam.
7.
any similar condition, especially as the result of too much heat or sunlight.
8.
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.
Origin
dialectal Old French
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English scalden (v.) < dialectal Old French escalder < Late Latin excaldāre to wash in hot water. See ex-, caldarium
Related forms
nonscalding, adjective
unscalded, adjective
unscalding, adjective
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Examples from the web for scalding
  • The animal jumped into the hot spring, immediately scalding itself.
  • Some of them live in scalding hot temperatures and others live in freezing below zero temperatures.
  • We shook uncertain over our toil, our sodden clothes scalding and itching the skin with every movement of the swinging hammers.
  • Skin irritant, will make it feel as though water is scalding.
  • We retreat for hours under a scalding sun, crossing in the process a vast, cauterized plain of cracked mud.
  • By dawn, the trickle that began to seep into the neighborhood during the night had become a scalding torrent.
  • If your hot water runs out of the tap at scalding temperature, you're wasting money overheating your water.
  • scalding magma transforms water, pooled at the bottom of this abyss, into billowing steam.
  • The water is scalding hot and you have to keep a safe distance.
  • The nomads invite us in and offer cups of scalding yak butter tea.
British Dictionary definitions for scalding

scald1

/skɔːld/
verb
1.
to burn or be burnt with or as if with hot liquid or steam
2.
(transitive) to subject to the action of boiling water, esp so as to sterilize
3.
(transitive) to heat (a liquid) almost to boiling point
4.
(transitive) to plunge (tomatoes, peaches, etc) into boiling water briefly in order to skin them more easily
noun
5.
the act or result of scalding
6.
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 Forms
scalder, 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

/skɔːld/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of skald

scald3

/skɔːld/
adjective
1.
scabby
noun
2.
a scab or a skin disease producing scabs
Word Origin
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. scald·ed, scald·ing, scalds
To burn with a hot liquid or steam. n.
A body injury caused by scalding.

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