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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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


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.


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  • Also, to touch with the lips

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