One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a curve or surface) touch (another curve or surface) so as to have a common tangent at the point of contact.‘the plots have been drawn using osculating orbital elements’
- ‘Should the students be asked to sketch the osculating circle to a given curve at a given point, and then notice that as the point of contact changes, the radius of the circle is inversely proportional to the measure of curvature?’
- ‘If seven points on a twisted cubic be joined, two and two, by twenty-one lines, then any seven planes that contain these 21 lines will osculate a second cubic curve.’
2humorous, formal Kiss.
plant a kiss on, brush one's lips against, blow a kiss to, air-kissView synonyms
- ‘As a child I dreaded extended family occasions because of the endless osculating it entailed.’
- ‘None of that endless schlepping up and down the country, pressing sweaty palms with the hoi polloi and osculating their kids.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin osculat- ‘kissed’, from the verb osculari, from osculum ‘little mouth or kiss’.
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