Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To kiss.
  • intransitive verb Mathematics To have three or more points coincident with.
  • intransitive verb To come together; contact.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To salute with a kiss; kiss.
  • In geometry, to have a higher contact with; touch as closely as possible.
  • To kiss one another; kiss.
  • In geometry, to have, as two loci, three or more coincident and successive points in common. See I., 2.
  • In natural history, to share the characters of another group.

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

  • intransitive verb To kiss one another; to kiss.
  • intransitive verb (Geom.) To touch closely. See Osculation, 2.
  • intransitive verb (Biol.) To have characters in common with two genera or families, so as to form a connecting link between them; to interosculate. See Osculant.
  • transitive verb To kiss.
  • transitive verb (Geom.) To touch closely, so as to have a common curvature at the point of contact. See Osculation, 2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To kiss someone or something.
  • verb mathematics To touch so as to have a common tangent at the point of contact.
  • verb intransitive To make contact.
  • verb To perform osculation.

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

  • verb have at least three points in common with
  • verb touch with the lips or press the lips (against someone's mouth or other body part) as an expression of love, greeting, etc.
  • verb be intermediate between two taxonomic groups

Etymologies

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

[Latin ōsculārī, ōsculāt-, from ōsculum, kiss, diminutive of ōs, mouth; see ōs- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • These people can osculate my posterior … “Not on zee left side, not on zee right side, but right in zee middle.”

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  • Those who are in a hurry to deprive me of that choice can osculate my posterior.

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  • Even those discussions which, at a first view, might seem to belong rather to natural theology, were deliberately assigned to their place after long experience in teaching, as pertaining to the limits where the two fields osculate if they do not cut, and with a clear pre-eminence given to the ethical side of the truths common to both.

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  • That there are points on which the moral systems of men and nations osculate, is most true; that there should have been certain approximations on many most important subjects was to be expected from the essential identity of human nature, in all ages and countries; but their deviations in some point or other -- usually in several -- from what we acknowledge to be both right and expedient, is equally undeniable.

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  • But watch again and something happens: you see a moment both sweet and wry as a couple shyly osculate in "The Kiss," a quiet dignity beneath the brawny bravado in "Sandow: The Strong Man."

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  • But watch again and something happens: you see a moment both sweet and wry as a couple shyly osculate in "The Kiss," a quiet dignity beneath the brawny bravado in "Sandow: The Strong Man."

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  • But watch again and something happens: you see a moment both sweet and wry as a couple shyly osculate in "The Kiss," a quiet dignity beneath the brawny bravado in "Sandow: The Strong Man."

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  • But watch again and something happens: you see a moment both sweet and wry as a couple shyly osculate in "The Kiss," a quiet dignity beneath the brawny bravado in "Sandow: The Strong Man."

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  • But watch again and something happens: you see a moment both sweet and wry as a couple shyly osculate in "The Kiss," a quiet dignity beneath the brawny bravado in "Sandow: The Strong Man."

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  • He and all the REST of his kind can osculate my superannuated queer posterior.

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