scald·​ing | \ ˈskȯl-diŋ How to pronounce scalding (audio) \

Definition of scalding

1 : hot enough to scald scalding water
2a : having or producing the feeling of being burned scalding sun scalding sand
b : scathing scalding criticism

Examples of scalding in a Sentence

The men worked in the scalding sun. a scalding bowl of soup
Recent Examples on the Web There is an anti-scalding handle, so your hand is protected and a steam outlet to let off any high pressure steam to protect yourself. Chris Hachey, BGR, 2 Apr. 2021 But Reimann achieves an exemplary balance by alternating his scalding eruptions of vocal power (which in general are sparsely accompanied, sometimes by percussion alone) with full-throttle tutti blasts from the orchestra. Matthew Aucoin, The New York Review of Books, 7 Dec. 2019 Experts generally agree on the same basic steps to reduce risks in your house: Set your water heater no higher than 120 degrees to prevent scalding. Paul L. Underwood, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020 One man placed in a scalding bath or shower went to the hospital with second-degree burns. Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2020 Two weeks ago, family and friends laid to rest Malachi Lawson, the 4-year-old who was burned in a scalding bath, his body then tossed in a dumpster. Tim Prudente,, 26 Aug. 2019 And in 2017, a Manhattan man, 69, ended up in a hospital burn unit with second-degree burns over his entire back, groin, calves and feet; he had been placed in a scalding tub or shower. Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2020 But the Nets bench called timeout with 1.4 seconds left, giving them a chance to get the ball to the scalding-hot LeVert. Adam Himmelsbach,, 4 Mar. 2020 The ground in hydrothermal areas is fragile and thin and there is scalding water just below the surface, park officials said. Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of scalding

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Scalding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of scalding

: very hot scalding soup

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