verb (used with object)
to touch or press with the lips slightly pursed, and then often to part them and to emit a smacking sound, in an expression of affection, love, greeting, reverence, etc.: He kissed his son on the cheek.
to join lips with in this way: She kissed him and left.
to touch gently or lightly: The breeze kissed her face.
to put, bring, take, etc., by, or as if by, kissing: She kissed the baby's tears away.
Billiards, Pool. (of a ball) to make slight contact with or brush (another ball).
verb (used without object)
to join lips in respect, affection, love, passion, etc.: They kissed passionately.
to express a thought, feeling, etc., by a contact of the lips: They kissed goodbye at the station.
to purse and then part the lips, emitting a smacking sound, as in kissing someone.
Billiards, Pool. (of a ball) to carom gently off or touch another ball.
an act or instance of kissing.
a slight touch or contact.
Billiards, Pool. the slight touch of one ball by another.
a baked confection of egg whites and confectioners' sugar, served as a cookie.
a piece of toffeelike confectionery, sometimes containing nuts, coconut, or the like.
a small, sometimes conical, bite-size piece of chocolate, usually individually wrapped.
Verb phrases
kiss off, Slang.
to reject, dismiss, or ignore: He kissed off their objections with a wave of his hand.
(used to express contemptuous rejection or dismissal).
to give up, renounce, or dispense with: Leaving Tulsa meant kissing off a promising job.
blow / throw a kiss, to indicate an intended kiss from a distance, usually in bidding farewell, by kissing one's own fingertips and moving the hand toward the person greeted.
kiss ass, Slang: Vulgar. to be obsequious; fawn.

before 900; Middle English kissen to kiss, Old English cyssan (cognate with German küssen, Old Norse kyssa), derivative of Old English coss a kiss; cognate with Old Norse koss, German Küss

outkiss, verb (used with object)
unkissed, adjective Unabridged


keep it simple, stupid. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
kiss (kɪs)
1.  (tr) to touch with the lips or press the lips against as an expression of love, greeting, respect, etc
2.  (intr) to join lips with another person in an act of love or desire
3.  to touch (each other) lightly: their hands kissed
4.  billiards (of balls) to touch (each other) lightly while moving
5.  the act of kissing; a caress with the lipsRelated: oscular
6.  a light touch
7.  a small light sweet or cake, such as one made chiefly of egg white and sugar: coffee kisses
Related: oscular
[Old English cyssan, from coss; compare Old High German kussen, Old Norse kyssa]

abbreviation for
keep it simple, stupid

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Word Origin & History

O.E. cyssan "to kiss," from P.Gmc. *kussijanan (cf. O.S. kussian, O.N. kyssa, O.Fris. kessa, Ger. küssen), from *kuss-, probably ultimately imitative of the sound. The O.E. noun was coss, which became M.E. cuss, but this yielded to kiss, from the verb. For vowel evolution, see
bury. There appears to be no common I.E. root word for "kiss," though suggestions of a common ku- sound may be found in the Gmc. root and Gk. kynein "to kiss," Hittite kuwash-anzi "they kiss," Skt. cumbati "he kisses."
"Kissing, as an expression of affection or love, is unknown among many races, and in the history of mankind seems to be a late substitute for the more primitive rubbing of noses, sniffing, and licking." [Buck, p.1113]
Some languages make a distinction between the kiss of affection and that of erotic love (cf. L. saviari "erotic kiss," vs. osculum, lit. "little mouth"). Fr. embrasser "kiss," but lit. "embrace," came about in 17c. when the older word baiser (from L. basiare) acquired an obscene connotation. Kiss of death (1948) is in ref. to Judas' kiss in Gethsemane (Matt. xxvi.48-50). Slang kisser "mouth" is from 1860. Insulting invitation kiss my ass is at least from 1705, but probably much older (cf. "The Miller's Tale").
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Computing Dictionary

KISS definition

Early system on IBM 650. Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959).

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
Keep it simple, stupid!
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Bible Dictionary

Kiss definition

of affection (Gen. 27:26, 27; 29:13; Luke 7:38, 45); reconciliation (Gen. 33:4; 2 Sam. 14:33); leave-taking (Gen. 31:28,55; Ruth 1:14; 2 Sam. 19:39); homage (Ps. 2:12; 1 Sam. 10:1); spoken of as between parents and children (Gen. 27:26; 31:28, 55; 48:10; 50:1; Ex. 18:7; Ruth 1:9, 14); between male relatives (Gen. 29:13; 33:4; 45:15). It accompanied social worship as a symbol of brotherly love (Rom. 16:16; 1 Cor. 16:20; 2 Cor. 13:12; 1 Thess. 5:26; 1 Pet. 5:14). The worship of idols was by kissing the image or the hand toward the image (1 Kings 19:18; Hos. 13:2).

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a touch or caress of the lips upon the lips, cheek, hand, or feet of another to signify affection, greeting, reverence, or sexual attraction.

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Example sentences for kiss
The prize, however, turns out to be nothing more than a kiss from ms.
They dance together, forgetting the tension in the room, fall in love, and kiss.
The song hide your heart by kiss is loosely based on west side story.
Mostly people come to see the castle, kiss the stone, and go shopping.
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