Definition of scald verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

scald

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verb
BrE BrE//skɔːld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skɔːld//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scald
BrE BrE//skɔːld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skɔːld//
 
he / she / it scalds
BrE BrE//skɔːldz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skɔːldz//
 
past simple scalded
BrE BrE//ˈskɔːldɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɔːldɪd//
 
past participle scalded
BrE BrE//ˈskɔːldɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɔːldɪd//
 
-ing form scalding
BrE BrE//ˈskɔːldɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɔːldɪŋ//
 
Injuries
 
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scald something/yourself to burn yourself or part of your body with very hot liquid or steam Be careful not to scald yourself with the steam. (figurative) Tears scalded her eyes. Synonymsburnchar scald scorch singeThese words all mean to damage, injure, destroy or kill somebody/​something with heat or fire.burn to damage, injure, destroy or kill somebody/​something with fire, heat or acid; to be damaged, etc. by fire, heat or acid:She burned all his letters. The house burned down in 1995. char [usually passive] to make something black by burning it; to become black by burning:The bodies had been charred beyond recognition.scald to burn part of your body with very hot liquid or steam.scorch to burn and slightly damage a surface by making it too hot:I scorched my dress when I was ironing it.singe to burn the surface of something slightly, usually by mistake; to be burnt in this way:He singed his hair as he tried to light his cigarette.scorch or singe? Things are scorched by heat or fire. Things can only be singed by fire or a flame.Patterns to burn/​scald yourself/​your hand to burn/​scorch/​singe your hair/​clothes burnt out/​charred/​scorched remains/​ruins/​buildings CollocationsInjuriesBeing injured have a fall/​an injury receive/​suffer/​sustain a serious injury/​a hairline fracture/(especially British English) whiplash/​a gunshot wound hurt/​injure your ankle/​back/​leg damage the brain/​an ankle ligament/​your liver/​the optic nerve/​the skin pull/​strain/​tear a hamstring/​ligament/​muscle/​tendon sprain/​twist your ankle/​wrist break a bone/​your collarbone/​your leg/​three ribs fracture/​crack your skull break/​chip/​knock out/​lose a tooth burst/​perforate your eardrum dislocate your finger/​hip/​jaw/​shoulder bruise/​cut/​graze your arm/​knee/​shoulder burn/​scald yourself/​your tongue bang/​bump/​hit/ (informal) bash your elbow/​head/​knee (on/​against something)Treating injuries treat somebody for burns/​a head injury/​a stab wound examine/​clean/​dress/​bandage/​treat a bullet wound repair a damaged/​torn ligament/​tendon/​cartilage amputate/​cut off an arm/​a finger/​a foot/​a leg/​a limb put on/ (formal) apply/​take off (especially North American English) a Band-Aid™/(British English) a plaster/​a bandage need/​require/​put in/ (especially British English) have (out)/ (North American English) get (out) stitches put on/​rub on/ (formal) apply cream/​ointment/​lotion have/​receive/​undergo (British English) physiotherapy/(North American English) physical therapy See related entries: Injuries Word Origin Middle English (as a verb): from Anglo-Norman French escalder, from late Latin excaldare, from Latin ex- ‘thoroughly’ + calidus ‘hot’. The noun dates from the early 17th cent.
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