transitive verb (-lated; -lating) Etymology: Latin osculatus, past participle of osculari, from osculum kiss, from diminutive of os mouth — more at oral Date: circa 1656 kiss

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Osculate — Os cu*late, v. i. 1. To kiss one another; to kiss. [1913 Webster] 2. (Geom.) To touch closely. See {Osculation}, 2. [1913 Webster] 3. (Biol.) To have characters in common with two genera or families, so as to form a connecting link between them;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Osculate — is a semi archaic English word with several definitions. *Often it means to kiss , sometimes used in a tongue in cheek fashion. *Its primary definition is to bring, or come into, close contact of union .*In mathematics, it means to touch so as to …   Wikipedia

  • osculate — index contact (touch), juxtapose Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • osculate — to kiss, 1650s, from L. osculari, from osculum kiss, lit. little mouth, dim. of os mouth (see ORAL (Cf. oral)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • osculate — [äs′kyo͞o lāt΄, äs′kyəlāt΄] vt., vi. osculated, osculating [< L osculatus, pp. of osculari, to kiss < osculum, little mouth: see OSCULUM] 1. to kiss: a pretentious or facetious usage 2. to touch closely osculation n. osculatory [äs′kyo͞olə… …   English World dictionary

  • osculate — See oscillate, osculate …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • osculate — [c]/ˈɒskjəleɪt / (say oskyuhlayt) verb (osculated, osculating) –verb (t) 1. to kiss. 2. to bring into close contact or union. 3. Geometry to touch so as to have three or more points in common at the point of contact. –verb (i) 4. to kiss each… …   Australian English dictionary

  • osculate — osculatory /os kyeuh leuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. /os kyeuh layt /, v., osculated, osculating. v.i. 1. to come into close contact or union. 2. Geom. (of a curve) to touch another curve or another part of the same curve so as to have the same… …   Universalium

  • osculate — verb a) To kiss someone or something. b) To touch so as to have a common tangent at the point of contact …   Wiktionary

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