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osculate

[ os-kyuh-leyt ]
/ 藞蓲s ky蓹藢le瑟t /
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verb (used without object), os路cu路lat路ed, os路cu路lat路ing.
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.
verb (used with object), os路cu路lat路ed, os路cu路lat路ing.
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.
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Origin of osculate

1650鈥60; <Latin 艒scul膩tus (past participle of 艒scul膩r墨 to kiss), equivalent to 艒scul(um) kiss, literally, little mouth (see osculum) + -膩tus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM osculate

os路cu路la路to路ry [os-kyuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /藞蓲s ky蓹 l蓹藢t蓴r i, -藢to蕣r i/, adjectiveun路os路cu路lat路ed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH osculate

oscillate, osculate
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British Dictionary definitions for osculate

osculate
/ (藞蓲skj蕣藢le瑟t) /

verb
usually jocular to kiss
(intr) (of an organism or group of organisms) to be intermediate between two taxonomic groups
geometry to touch in osculation

Word Origin for osculate

C17: from Latin 艒scul膩r墨 to kiss; see osculum
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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