Meaning of “scald” in the English Dictionary

"scald" in British English

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scaldverb [ T ]

uk /skɔːld/ us /skɑːld/

to burn the skin with boiling liquid or steam:

I dropped a pan of boiling water and scalded my leg.

to put something in boiling water or steam in order to make it completely clean:

Scald the needles to sterilize them.

specialized food & drink to heat a liquid until it almost boils:

Scald the milk and then add it to the egg and sugar mixture.

scaldnoun [ C ]

uk /skɔːld/ us /skɑːld/

an injury to the skin caused by boiling liquid or steam

(Definition of “scald” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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scaldverb [ T ]

us /skɔld/

to burn someone with very hot liquid or steam:

The liquid spilled out and scalded his hand.

To scald a liquid is to heat it until it almost boils:

scald the milk
adjective, adverb us /ˈskɔl·dɪŋ/

You can wash off the wax with scalding water.

(Definition of “scald” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)