scald·​ing | \ˈskȯl-diŋ \

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

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Examples of scalding in a Sentence

The men worked in the scalding sun. a scalding bowl of soup

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The scalding soup has a truly sour quality spiked with heat from the peppercorns. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Mister Jiu’s fulfills its vision with 3½ stars," 11 Apr. 2018 Waves also can wash over molten lava and send scalding water onshore, so people should maintain a safe distance. Jae C. Hong And Audrey Mcavoy,, "Your guide to 'laze' — the toxic lava haze now threatening Hawaiians," 22 May 2018 Waves also can wash over molten lava and send scalding water onshore, so people should maintain a safe distance. Time, "Toxic Lava From Hawaii Volcano Eruption Could Threaten Nearby Power Plant," 22 May 2018 Waves also can wash over molten lava and send scalding water onshore, so people should maintain a safe distance. NBC News, "What is 'laze'? Toxic gas plume created by Hawaii volcano," 22 May 2018 All right, one sec, I’m also being told to tell you not to do any of that other stuff either, the scalding and burning stuff. Gary Gramling,, "David Johnson Is No. 2, Be Patient and Wait for Luck and Mahomes, the Non-Saquon Rookie You Want," 6 July 2018 On the front 9, Tiger was a Bengal tiger, doing Tiger things again and electrifying huge galleries that roared in delight despite the scalding conditions. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods frustrated after inconsistent third round at Quicken Loans National," 30 June 2018 But the scalding Mark Trumbo's third home run in four games, this on an elevated Scherzer fastball, gave the Orioles their advantage right back. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles give up two runs in eighth on Soto's double off Givens, lose to Nationals, 4-2," 22 June 2018 Day after day, Turkey’s opposition parties brave a scalding heat wave to hand out leaflets. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Turkey elections: why Erdoğan and his party are suddenly vulnerable," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of scalding

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of scalding

: very hot

: very critical : very harsh or severe


scald·​ing | \ˈskȯl-diŋ \

Kids Definition of scalding

: very hot scalding soup

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