- to come into close contact or union.
- Geometry. (of a curve) to touch another curve or another part of the same curve so as to have the same tangent and curvature at the point of contact.
- to bring into close contact or union.
- Geometry. (of a curve) to touch (another curve or another part of the same curve) in osculation or close contact.
- to kiss.
Origin of osculate
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Examples from the Web for osculate
The circle is then said to “osculate” the curve, or to have “contact of the second order” with it at P.
- usually jocular to kiss
- (intr) (of an organism or group of organisms) to be intermediate between two taxonomic groups
- geometry to touch in osculation
C17: from Latin ōsculārī to kiss; see osculum
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Word Origin and History for osculate
"to kiss," 1650s, from Latin osculatus, past participle of osculari "to kiss," from osculum "a kiss; pretty mouth, sweet mouth," literally "little mouth," diminutive of os "mouth" (see oral). Related: Osculated; osculating.
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