verb (used without object), os·cu·lat·ed, os·cu·lat·ing.
verb (used with object), os·cu·lat·ed, os·cu·lat·ing.
- osculating circle,
- osculating plane,
Origin of osculate
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.
Word Origin 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.