Osculate Os"cu*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Osculated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Osculating}.] [L. osculatus, p. p. of osculari to kiss, fr. osculum a little mouth, a kiss, dim. of os mouth. See {Oral}, and cf. {Oscillate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To kiss. [1913 Webster]

2. (Geom.) To touch closely, so as to have a common curvature at the point of contact. See {Osculation}, 2. [1913 Webster]

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