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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

  • transitive v. To kiss.
  • transitive v. To touch closely, so as to have a common curvature at the point of contact. See Osculation, 2.
  • 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.

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

Etymologies

Latin ōsculārī, ōsculāt-, from ōsculum, kiss, diminutive of ōs, mouth; see ōs- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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

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  • The form of lyric poetry anciently intended to be sung. osculate v. To kiss. odious adj.

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  • Why use 'kiss" when "osculate" so chewably fills the mouth and sounds so obliquely and innocently obscene?

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  • Also in what points the professional shall osculate the Academic course, to what extent elections shall be offered the Academic students, and at what periods of their own course, and upon what terms the professional Students may avail themselves of the Academic departments, also when our services may be of use to the general system, it seems to us should be settled by those who have so long and so ably presided over our University and to whom we are so deeply indebted for present positions.

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  • Also, to touch with the lips

    November 23, 2007