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Meaning of OSCULATORY

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Os"cu*la*to*ry\, a.
    1. Of or pertaining to kissing; kissing. ``The osculatory
       ceremony.'' --Thackeray.
    
    2. (Geom.) Pertaining to, or having the properties of, an
       osculatrix; capable of osculation; as, a circle may be
       osculatory with a curve, at a given point.
    
    {Osculatory circle}. (Geom.) See {Osculating circle of a
       curve}, under {Circle}.
    
    {Osculatory plane} (to a curve of double curvature), a plane
       which passes through three successive points of the curve.
    
    
    {Osculatory sphere} (to a line of double curvature), a sphere
       passing through four consecutive points of the curve.
    
    
  2. \Os"cu*la*to*ry\, n. [LL. osculatorium. See
    {Osculate}.] (R. C. Ch.)
    Same as {Pax}, 2.
    
    
 

 

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