AskDefine | Define scald

Dictionary Definition



1 a burn cause by hot liquid or steam
2 the act of burning with steam or hot water


1 subject to harsh criticism; "The Senator blistered the administration in his speech on Friday"; "the professor scaled the students"; "your invectives scorched the community" [syn: blister, whip]
2 treat with boiling water; "scald tomatoes so that they can be peeled"
3 heat to the boiling point; "scald the milk"
4 burn with a hot liquid or steam; "She scalded her hands when she turned on the faucet and hot water came out"

User Contributed Dictionary



From Old Norman French, from excaldare


  1. To burn with hot liquid.
  2. To heat almost to boiling.
    Scald the milk, stop when little bubbles form.






Extensive Definition

A scald is a type of burn injury caused by hot liquids or gases. It can also refer to:

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