Pronunciation: (skôld),[key] —v.t. 1. to burn or affect painfully with or as if with hot liquid or steam.
2. to subject to the action of boiling or hot liquid.
3. to heat to a temperature just short of the boiling point: to scald milk. 4. to parboil or blanch (fruit, vegetables, etc.).
—v.i. to be or become scalded.
—n. 1. a burn caused by the action of hot liquid or steam.
2. any similar condition, esp. as the result of too much heat or sunlight.
3. Plant Pathol. a. a blanching of the epidermis and adjacent tissues, which turn pale or dark brown, caused by extreme heat or sun exposure.
b. a condition resembling scald caused by improper conditions of growth or storage, as in apples, or by fungi, as in cranberries.