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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.
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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
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(ˌɒs kyəˈleɪ ʃən)

1. the act of kissing.
2. kiss.
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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
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The act or an instance of kissing:
Informal: peck.
Slang: smooch.
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[ˌɒskjʊˈleɪʃən] N (hum) → ósculo m
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On Dworkin's view of the unity of value, truth about value is not anchored in some foundation or source external to the interpretive process; rather, different accounts of truth are presented and defended through a process of critical reflection involving the constant osculation between concrete and general in search of equilibrium.
Also promising is female finalist Kisses Delavin whose unusual name is a playful invitation to osculation that prospective fans would love to oblige.
As Ernest Hemingway's Jake Barnes would later comment in another context, "Isn't it pretty to think so?" In all fairness to Japp, as well as to Stevenson, it may be true that eventually the happy image of authorial osculation turned out to be appropriate.
In addition, they have adjusted osculation to transmit rolling element normal forces across a large surface, reducing contact pressure.
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