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a. The act of kissing.
b. A kiss.
2. Mathematics A contact, as between two curves or surfaces, at three or more common points.

os′cu·la·to′ry (ŏs′kyə-lə-tôr′ē) adj.


1. (Mathematics) maths Also called: tacnode a point at which two branches of a curve have a common tangent, each branch extending in both directions of the tangent
2. rare the act or an instance of kissing
osculatory adj


(ˌɒs kyəˈleɪ ʃən)

1. the act of kissing.
2. kiss.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.osculation - (mathematics) a contact of two curves (or two surfaces) at which they have a common tangent
math, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
contact - the state or condition of touching or of being in immediate proximity; "litmus paper turns red on contact with an acid"
2.osculation - the act of caressing with the lips (or an instance thereof)osculation - the act of caressing with the lips (or an instance thereof)
touching, touch - the act of putting two things together with no space between them; "at his touch the room filled with lights"
smooch, smack - an enthusiastic kiss
deep kiss, French kiss, soul kiss - an openmouthed kiss in which your tongue is inserted into the other's mouth


The act or an instance of kissing:
Informal: peck.
Slang: smooch.


[ˌɒskjʊˈleɪʃən] N (hum) → ósculo m
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Cumberland commented that the religion appeared to be "little more than a conglomeration of charms and tabus" that included veneration of "the pool where Sheikh Adi bathed once--apparently for the whole race," kissing various places in the temple at the shrine, and "Apart from the promiscuous osculation the principal method of worship seems to be burning olive oil.
The rolling partners' improved surfaces ensure that a lubricant film with an even higher load carrying capacity is formed, while improved osculation conditions and additional profiling optimize the rolling contact.
Morris further explained that in kissing a girl whose experience with osculation is limited, it is a good thing to work up to the kissing of the lips.