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osculation

[ os-kyuh-ley-shuhn ]
/ ˌɒs kyəˈleɪ ʃən /
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noun
the act of kissing.
a kiss.
close contact.
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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH osculation

auscultation, osculation

Words nearby osculation

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British Dictionary definitions for osculation

osculation
/ (ˌɒskjʊˈleɪʃən) /

noun
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
rare the act or an instance of kissing

Derived forms of osculation

osculatory (ˈɒskjʊlətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective
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