- 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 osculatory
But up to that time we had kept the osculatory incident a profound secret.More Tish
Mary Roberts Rinehart
But so far the osculatory experiment has proved a dire failure.Born Again
At Low Mass it is omitted, or given with what is called an osculatory or Pax.
In making a list of the company, we can leave out the widower altogether, because he took no part in the osculatory exercise.The Canterbury Puzzles
Henry Ernest Dudeney
The usual circular, hieroglyphic and osculatory invitation appears at the lower left-hand corner.
- 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 and History for osculatory
"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.