Word of the DayFriday, August 29, 2014
\OS-kyuh-leyt\ , verb;
to bring into close contact or union.
Geometry. (of a curve) to touch (another curve or another part of the same curve) in osculation.
to come into close contact or union.
Geometry. (of a curve) to touch another curve or another part of the same curve so as to have the same tangent and curvature at the point of contact.
And the Marquis, whose rough, red beard was trembling with emotion, effusively osculated the ducal paw.
-- P. W. Wilson, "The Three Young Citizens," Boy's Life, December 1924
A person should be particular whom they osculate with.
-- “Miscellaneous Matter,” The Critique, 1909
Osculate is formed with the Latin word for "mouth," ōs, and a suffix used to create English verbs from Latin, -ate. It entered English in the mid-1600s.
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