Relating to → osculate.
Participial adjective of → osculate.
Fr.: cercle osculateur
The circle that touches a curve (on the concave side) and whose radius is the radius of curvature.
Fr.: éléments orbitaux osculateurs
The orbital elements of an osculating orbit.
Fr.: orbite osculatrice
The Keplerian orbit that a satellite would follow after a specific time t if all forces other than central inverse-square forces ceased to act from time t on. An osculating orbit is tangent to the real, perturbed, orbit and has the same velocity at the point of tangency.
Fr.: plan osculateur
For a curve C at a point p, the limiting plane obtained from taking planes through the tangent to C at p and containing some variable point p' and then letting p' approach p along C.
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Fr.: sphère osculatrice
For a curve C at a point p, the limiting sphere obtained by taking the sphere that passes through p and three other points on C and then letting these three points approach p independently along C.