Definitions

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  • verb Present participle of osculate.
  • adjective mathematics, of a curve Having three or more points coincident with another

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Examples

  • Somewhere in the recesses of my mind I must have stored the information that defines the term osculating element, but I luckily didn't need to fetch it.

    The Garden of Rama

  • They were unfazed by the preponderance of same-sex couples holding hands, and all smooching was "disgusting" or "mushy" -- regardless of the gender of the "old people" (anyone over 22) doing the osculating.

    Michele Somerville: Gay Catholic Ministry and Straight Pride

  • I think where it might hurt though is in American's support for continuing this war and for osculating it.

    CNN Transcript Oct 31, 2009

  • Mr. Snow came, no doubt, in hopes of advertising the mood of press perestroika that his hire — that of a press employee, even if from the White House – osculating Fox News Network — was meant to symbolize.

    The Smarmies of the Night

  • Mr. Snow came, no doubt, in hopes of advertising the mood of press perestroika that his hire — that of a press employee, even if from the White House – osculating Fox News Network — was meant to symbolize.

    The Smarmies of the Night

  • Mr. Snow came, no doubt, in hopes of advertising the mood of press perestroika that his hire — that of a press employee, even if from the White House – osculating Fox News Network — was meant to symbolize.

    The Smarmies of the Night

  • Then he dramatically presented the new, osculating elements (as he called them) of our instantaneous trajectory.

    The Garden of Rama

  • They do that by shifting the bodies into eccentric orbits osculating Secunda's, then wangling them into planetary orbit at the far end.

    Inconstant Star

  • This last order may be termed the 'marriage of curves,' cemented by the osculating circle, or 'wedding-ring;' and when two nations have contact of the third order, they have formed a very close alliance, and by calculation we can obtain the _radius of curvature_, or size of the wedding-ring, by means of which they may be united.

    The Romance of Mathematics Being the Original Researches of a Lady Professor of Girtham College in Polemical Science, with some Account of the Social Properties of a Conic; Equations to Brain Waves; Social Forces; and the Laws of Political Motion.

  • Therefore let us have no lifting of the curtain upon a tableau of the united lovers, backgrounded by defeated villainy and derogated by the comic, osculating maid and butler, thrown in as a sop to the Cerberi of the fifty-cent seats.

    Cabbages and Kings

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