I'm specifically trying to find the perfect word for this phrase I'm adding to Wikipedia:

Oman's Musandam peninsula kisses the gulf at the Strait of Hormuz.

But kisses really isn't the right word. To see how it barely touches the Persian Gulf, go here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musandam_Governorate (the Persian Gulf is the top-left-most body of water in the first image. It ends at the red peninsula I'm trying to describe.

I'll add that I'd like to keep the phrase succinct - this will be for a map caption.

  • I think "touches" may be the best choice in the situation you describe; if you were talking about one object barely touching another while in motion past it, you might uses "grazes" or "lightly brushes past," but "grazes" doesn't work especially well in describing the point of contact between two stationary objects.
    – Sven Yargs
    Dec 12 '14 at 1:13
  • It doesn't actually mean any of the things you listed, but I'd probably just say it demarcates the gulf. Dec 12 '14 at 1:14
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    – 0..
    Dec 12 '14 at 5:25
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    In my opinion, the existing wording of the entry is already a perfect description: "...the Musandam peninsula juts into the Strait of Hormuz..." All the terms suggested here so far are less apt. 'Demarcates' is particularly unsuitable, since that is the term one would use for a terrestrial boundary between named political or geographical entities, not the contour of a peninsula projecting into a body of water. 'Kisses' is completely inappropriate for this kind of Wikipedia entry.
    – Erik Kowal
    Dec 12 '14 at 6:12
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    Is trying to get on first base with the gulf....
    – Mou某
    Dec 12 '14 at 7:36

Adjoin - ad·join - verb

be next to and joined with (a building, room, or piece of land).

3rd person present form:

Oman's Musandam peninsula adjoins the gulf at the Strait of Hormuz.


How about:




Or just, as you had described it yourself, "barely touches"...

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