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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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"). (Wiktionary)

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.

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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