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# osculation

## Definitions

### from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

• n. The act of kissing.
• n. A kiss.
• n. Mathematics A contact, as between two curves or surfaces, at three or more common points.

• n. The action of kissing
• n. A kiss
• n. A close contact
• n. A contact between curves or surfaces, at which point they have a common tangent
• n. Determining whether a number is divisible by another by means of certain operations on its digits.

### from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

• n. The act of kissing; a kiss.
• n. The contact of one curve with another, when the number of consecutive points of the latter through which the former passes suffices for the complete determination of the former curve.

### from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

• n. A kiss.
• n. In geometry, the contact between a curve and another which osculates it. See osculate.
• n. A point of undulation where a right line has four or more coincident points in common with a curve.

• n. the act of caressing with the lips (or an instance thereof)
• n. (mathematics) a contact of two curves (or two surfaces) at which they have a common tangent

## Etymologies

From Latin ōsculātiō ("a kissing"), from osculor ("I kiss").

## Examples

• Tish says our vulgar lip-osculation is unknown in the Orient and that they rub noses by way of greeting.

Tish

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

Diana of the Crossways — Volume 5

• Probably explaining inosculation in a letter to a gentleman in County Armagh is as close as I’ll ever get to any kind of osculation any more.

Reflections on drink and disappointment...

• Before we get to that, a quick refresher on why we engage in a practice which involves the exchange of, by one estimate, 278 colonies of bacteria per osculation.

Kissing

• Driving a vehicle over these roads creates a banging osculation from the base of the spine to the top of the neck, an experience that even John Yoo would characterize as torture.

Matthew Bergman: The Roads of Africa: Moving Beyond the Tragedy of the Commons

• So with sovereign ambition she steeled herself to the daily horrors of amphibian osculation.

PodCastle » PodCastle Miniature 22: The Kissing of Frogs

• He kissed the plump mellow yellow smellow melons of her rump, on each plump melonous hemisphere, in their mellow yellow furrow, with obscure prolonged provocative melonsmellonous osculation.

The Volokh Conspiracy » An Ayn Rand First:(?):

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

The Newcomes

• In the photo at left, Premier Danny Williams explains the proper hand technique for seizing the ruling cheeks before planting the mandatory laudatory osculation on The Leader's hindmost region.

Archive 2006-04-01

• And in my haste I had forgotten that Ruth might not know a word about this, and might doubt about my meaning, and the warmth of my osculation.

Lorna Doone