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Definition of "scald" [scald]

  • To burn with or as if with hot liquid or steam. (verb-transitive)
  • To subject to or treat with boiling water: scalded the hide to remove the hair; scalded and peeled the tomatoes. (verb-transitive)
  • To heat (a liquid, such as milk) almost to the boiling point. (verb-transitive)
  • To criticize harshly; excoriate. (verb-transitive)
  • To become scalded. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "scald" in a sentence
  • "A scald is a burn injury from hot liquid or steam that damages one or more layers of skin."
  • "We enjoyed the fruits of the hunts and she could put a "scald" on anything to make it taste good."
  • "If the temperature is too rapidly raised while the leaf is full of water the leaf will "scald" or "blister" by turning a greenish black."