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Friday, August 29, 2014

osculate

\OS-kyuh-leyt\ , verb;
1.
to kiss.
2.
to bring into close contact or union.
3.
Geometry. (of a curve) to touch (another curve or another part of the same curve) in osculation.
4.
to come into close contact or union.
5.
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.
Quotes:
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
Origin:
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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