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

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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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More than once, he was hit on the shoulder with scalding currency. Devin Gordon, New York Times, "Meet the Money Whisperer to the Super-Rich N.B.A. Elite," 6 June 2019 Some early candidates have shown problematic side effects during human testing; some people taking the drugs developed abnormally high temperatures or couldn’t properly detect dangerous heat, such as scalding water. Quanta Magazine, "Scientists Reveal Structure of Pain Sensor," 20 Feb. 2014 Fill your pot with about six cups of water and bring it to a scalding boil (this can be done over a campfire). Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Camp cooking: How to make a great cup of coffee," 12 May 2018 Add the scalding stock mixture to the onion mixture. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Lobster Bisque from Alex Hitz," 14 Nov. 2013 The volume on the stereo grew louder, snapping Burl Ives's jolly croon into a scalding screech. Anonymous, Good Housekeeping, "I Had to Choose Between Safety and My Mother," 21 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of scalding

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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scald head




scale armor


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English Language Learners Definition of scalding

: very hot
: very critical : very harsh or severe


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

Kids Definition of scalding

: very hot scalding soup

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