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.
- os·cu·la·to·ry [os-kyuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ˈɒs kyə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
- un·os·cu·lat·ed, adjective
- oscillate, osculate
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How to use osculate in a sentence
The circle is then said to “osculate” the curve, or to have “contact of the second order” with it at P.
British Dictionary definitions for osculate
usually jocular to kiss
(intr) (of an organism or group of organisms) to be intermediate between two taxonomic groups
geometry to touch in osculation
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