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Osculation

noun
1.
(mathematics) a contact of two curves (or two surfaces) at which they have a common tangent.
2.
The act of caressing with the lips (or an instance thereof).  Synonyms: buss, kiss.






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"Osculation" Quotes from Famous Books



... times round the altar in memory of the Holy Trinity, while a portion of the service was chanted. Then the crowns were removed and kissed by each of the marrying pair, the bridegroom first performing the osculation. A cup of water was held by the priest, first to the bridegroom and then to the bride, each of whom drank a small portion. After this the first couple retired to a little chapel and the second passed through the ordeal. The preliminary ...
— Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar - Life • Thomas Wallace Knox

... and featureless, pink and pincushiony, it was borrowed by gushing maidenhood, exchanged by idiotic maternity, and had grown unctuous and tumefacient under the kisses and embraces of half the hotel. Even in its present repose it looked moist and shiny from indiscriminate and promiscuous osculation. ...
— By Shore and Sedge • Bret Harte

... lip is pleasant altogether, But there is no charm in lip to leather All the bards who've sung of osculation, Down from OVID to song's last sensation, Could not lend romance, or even sense, To the Court's poor labial pretence, Always meaningless, and most unpleasant. Here the past is bettered by the present. Kissing is the due of Love and Beauty, Dull and dismal ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 103, December 17, 1892 • Various



Words linked to "Osculation" :   smack, smooch, deep kiss, touch, mathematics, osculate, French kiss, soul kiss, maths, buss, contact, math, touching



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