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Meaning of OSCULATE

Pronunciation:  'âskyu`leyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  touch with the lips or press the lips (against someone's mouth or other body part) as an expression of love, greeting, etc.; "The newly married couple kissed"; "She kissed her grandfather on the forehead when she entered the room"
  2. [v]  mathematics: have at least three points in common with; "one curve osculates the other"; "these two surfaces osculate"
  3. [v]  biology: be intermediate between two taxonomic groups; "These species osculate"

OSCULATE is a 8 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: buss, kiss
 See Also: be, peck, share, smack, touch



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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}.]
    1. To kiss.
    2. (Geom.) To touch closely, so as to have a common curvature
       at the point of contact. See {Osculation}, 2.
  2. \Os"cu*late\, v. i.
    1. To kiss one another; to kiss.
    2. (Geom.) To touch closely. See {Osculation}, 2.
    3. (Biol.) To have characters in common with two genera or
       families, so as to form a connecting link between them; to
       interosculate. See {Osculant}.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: blow a kiss, brush, brush by, bus, buss, caress, come in contact, contact, glance, graze, hit, impinge, kiss, lip, nudge, peck, rub, scrape, shave, sideswipe, skim, skirt, smack, smooch, squeak by, touch