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From Latin ōsculātus (“kiss”), from ōs + -culus (“little mouth”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɒskjʊˌleɪt/, /ˈɒskjəˌleɪt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɑskjəˌleɪt/, /ˈɑskjuˌleɪt/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɒskjʊlət/, /ˈɒskjələt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɑskjələt/, /ˈɑskjulət/
osculate (third-person singular simple present osculates, present participle osculating, simple past and past participle osculated)
- (transitive, intransitive) To kiss.
- 2001, Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections:
- And in the Olmsted Hotel in Cleveland he surprised a porter and a maid lasciviously osculating in a stairwell.
- (mathematics) To touch so as to have the same tangent and curvature at the point of contact.
- (intransitive) To make contact.
- (Vedic arithmetic) To perform osculation.
- To form a connecting link between two genera.
osculate (not comparable)
- Relating to kissing.
- inflection of osculare:
osculate f pl
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