AskDefine | Define osculate

Dictionary Definition



1 be intermediate between two taxonomic groups; "These species osculate"
2 have at least three points in common with; "one curve osculates the other"; "these two surfaces osculate"
3 touch with the lips or press the lips (against someone's mouth or other body part) as an expression of love, greeting, etc.; "The newly married couple kissed"; "She kissed her grandfather on the forehead when she entered the room" [syn: kiss, buss]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. To kiss someone or something.
  2. To touch so as to have a common tangent at the point of contact.
  3. To make contact.

Extensive Definition

Osculate is a semi-archaic English word with several definitions.
  • Often it means "to kiss", sometimes used in a "tongue-in-cheek" fashion.
  • Its primary definition is "to bring, or come into, close contact of union".
  • An additional definition is "to bring into focus or tune, to attune".

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

blow a kiss, brush, brush by, bus, buss, caress, come in contact, contact, glance, graze, hit, impinge, kiss, lip, nudge, peck, rub, scrape, shave, sideswipe, skim, skirt, smack, smooch, squeak by, touch
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