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contrail

[kon-treyl]
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noun
  1. a visible condensation of water droplets or ice crystals from the atmosphere, occurring in the wake of an aircraft, rocket, or missile under certain conditions.

Origin of contrail

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  • The sense of the eternal laws comes only to those who can contrail them through long experience.

    Rodin: The Man and his Art

    Judith Cladel


British Dictionary definitions for contrail

contrail

noun
  1. another name for vapour trail

Word Origin

C20: from con (densation) + trail
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Word Origin and History for contrail

n.

1945, from condensation trail.

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