- The definition of a scald is an injury caused by burning with hot steam or liquid.
An example of a scald is a wound from the steam of a tea kettle.
- Scald is defined as to burn with hot steam or liquid, to heat liquid almost to the point of boiling, or to harshly criticize.
An example of scald is to pour boiling water on your hand.
Contact with this steam would scald you.
- to burn or injure with hot liquid or steam
- to heat almost to the boiling point
- to use boiling liquid on; specif.,
- to sterilize by the use of boiling liquid
- to loosen the skin of (fruit, etc.), the feathers of (poultry), or the like, by the use of boiling water
Origin of scaldMiddle English scalden ; from Norman French escalder, for Old French eschalder ; from Late Latin excaldare, to wash in warm water ; from Classical Latin ex-, intensive + calidus, hot, akin to calere, to be warm: see calorie
- a burn or injury caused by scalding
- the act or an instance of scalding
transitive verbscald·ed, scald·ing, scalds
- a. To burn (a person, for example) with hot liquid or steam.b. To subject to or treat with boiling water: scalded the hide to remove the hair; scalded and peeled the tomatoes.c. To heat (a liquid, such as milk) almost to the boiling point.
- To affect with a sensation similar to that caused by hot liquid on the skin: Tears scalded his eyes.
- a. To cause great emotional pain to: The remarks scalded her heart.b. To criticize harshly; excoriate: an article scalding the administration for incompetence.
- A body injury caused by scalding.
- A discoloration of leaves or stored fruit caused by any of various factors, such as exposure to intense light, oxidation, or infection with certain bacteria and fungi.
Origin of scaldMiddle English scalden, from Old North French escalder, from Late Latin excaldāre, to wash in hot water : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin calidus, caldus, warm, hot; see kel&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present scalds, present participle scalding, simple past and past participle scalded)
- A burn, or injury to the skin or flesh, by hot liquid or steam.
From Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French escalder (Old French eschalder, French Ã©chauder), from Late Latin excaldare (â€œbathe in hot waterâ€), from Latin ex- (â€œoff, outâ€) + calidus (â€œhotâ€) from whence English calorie.
- 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.12:
- Some heale Horses, some cure men, some the plague, some the scald [transl. teigne], some the cough, some one kinde of scab, and some another [...].
(comparative more scald, superlative most scald)
- (obsolete) Affected with the scab; scabby.
- (obsolete) Paltry; worthless.
- scald rhymers
Alteration of scall.
- Alternative form of skald.
- A war song such as was of yore chanted on the field of battle by the scalds of the yet heathen Saxons. â€” Sir Walter Scott.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Websterâ€™s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.