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osculation

(ŏs″kū-lā′shŭn) [L. osculum, little mouth, kiss]
1. The union of two vessels or structures by their mouths.
2. Kissing.
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v-l](x, [rho]) osculatory at any x [member of] X} is called the maximal osculatory (tubular) radius at X.
In fact, King's method with osculatory interpolation can be viewed to be a fore-runner of modern spline graduation.
Algorithm 574: Shape-preserving osculatory quadratic splines.
Whereupon, Maine's family members swooped down on them, wagging their fingers at Alden, who blushed and goofily begged forgiveness for his accidental osculatory coup.
8] For an explanation of the osculatory interpolation technique, see Oh, H.