- 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
Examples from the Web for osculate
Historical Examples of 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
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.