from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To burn with or as if with hot liquid or steam.
- transitive v. To subject to or treat with boiling water: scalded the hide to remove the hair; scalded and peeled the tomatoes.
- transitive v. To heat (a liquid, such as milk) almost to the boiling point.
- transitive v. To criticize harshly; excoriate.
- intransitive v. To become scalded.
- n. A body injury caused by scalding.
- n. Botany A superficial discoloration on fruit, vegetables, leaves, or tree trunks caused by sudden exposure to intense sunlight or the action of gases.
- n. Botany A disease of some cereal grasses caused by a fungus of the genus Rhynchosporium.
- n. Variant of skald.
- n. Variant of scall.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To burn with hot liquid.
- v. To heat almost to boiling.
- n. Scaliness; a scabby skin disease.
- n. Alternative form of skald.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To burn with hot liquid or steam; to pain or injure by contact with, or immersion in, any hot fluid.
- transitive v. To expose to a boiling or violent heat over a fire, or in hot water or other liquor.
- n. A burn, or injury to the skin or flesh, by some hot liquid, or by steam.
- adj. Affected with the scab; scabby.
- adj. Scurvy; paltry.
- n. Scurf on the head. See scall.
- n. One of the ancient Scandinavian poets and historiographers; a reciter and singer of heroic poems, eulogies, etc., among the Norsemen; more rarely, a bard of any of the ancient Teutonic tribes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To burn or affect painfully with or as with a hot or boiling liquid or with steam: formerly used also of burning with a hot iron.
- To cook slightly by exposure for a short time to steam or to hot water or some other heated liquid: as, to scald milk.
- To subject to the action of boiling water for the purpose of cleansing thoroughly: as, to scald a tub.
- n. A burn or injury to the skin and flesh by a hot liquid or vapor.
- n. Scab; scall; scurf on the head.
- See scalled.
- n. An ancient Scandinavian poet; one who composed poems in honor of distinguished men and their achievements, and recited and sang them on public occasions. The scalds of the Norsemen answered to the bards of the Britons or Celts.
- A Scotch form of scold.
- n. A European dodder, Cuscuta Europæa. Also scaldweed.
- n. Same as sun-scald, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. treat with boiling water
- n. the act of burning with steam or hot water
- v. burn with a hot liquid or steam
- n. a burn cause by hot liquid or steam
- v. subject to harsh criticism
- v. heat to the boiling point
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.
Does not use hog-pen or cattle manure on tobacco; has tendency to make tobacco brittle and tender; will "scald" more easily, owing to large quantity of sap produced; leaves break off more easily when handling; thinks hog-pen manure better for melons; uses on plant beds if free of cobs.
The line "The hurt your easy tears can scald him with" shows the contrast between the water in "easy tears" and the burning sensation caused by them as they "scald" his father.
Will catch at us like strumpets, and scald rhymers
Pour the rest of the milk into a saucepan, add the sugar and salt, and bring to a scald over medium heat.
My stepmother Jennifer could lock the door, twist the dial to scald, and press on.
I took it off the burner, no longer in the mood for a cup of the scald.
You might scald yourself slightly if you spill your bedtime hot chocolate, or receive a minor paper-cut from The Guardian.