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[os-kyuh-ley-shuh n]
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  1. the act of kissing.
  2. a kiss.
  3. close contact.
  4. Geometry. the contact between two osculating curves or the like.
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Origin of osculation

1650–60; < Latin ōsculātiōn- (stem of ōsculātiō) a kissing, equivalent to ōsculāt(us) (see osculate) + -iōn- -ion
Can be confusedauscultation osculation
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Historical Examples

  • If osculation is a mark of love, surely Mrs. Mack is the best of mothers.

    The Newcomes

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • I've half a mind to ride back and have him out for that rascal "osculation" and the lady unwilling!

  • I think I am able to assure the reader that in her head the osculation had given birth to no reveries.

  • If there was anything in the way of osculation that that member of an old Austrian family didn't know, I've got to find it out.

    Where There's A Will

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Then the crowns were removed and kissed by each of the marrying pair, the bridegroom first performing the osculation.

British Dictionary definitions for osculation


  1. Also called: tacnode maths a point at which two branches of a curve have a common tangent, each branch extending in both directions of the tangent
  2. rare the act or an instance of kissing
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Derived Formsosculatory (ˈɒskjʊlətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective
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Word Origin and History for osculation


"kissing; a kiss," 1650s, from Latin osculationem (nominative osculatio), noun of action from past participle stem of osculari (see osculate).

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