Scald is defined as to burn with hot steam or liquid, to heat liquid almost to the point of boiling, or to harshly criticize.(verb)
An example of scald is to pour boiling water on your hand.
The definition of a scald is an injury caused by burning with hot steam or liquid.(noun)
An example of a scald is a wound from the steam of a tea kettle.
See scald in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME scalden < NormFr escalder, for OFr eschalder < LL excaldare, to wash in warm water < L ex-, intens. + calidus, hot, akin to calere, to be warm: see calorie
See scald in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb scald·ed, scald·ing, scalds verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English scalden
Origin: , from Old North French escalder
Origin: , from Late Latin excaldāre, to wash in hot water
Origin: : Latin ex-, ex-
Origin: + Latin calidus, caldus, warm, hot; see kelə-1 in Indo-European roots.
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