- 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
1940–45; con(densation) trail
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Examples from the Web for contrail
The sense of the eternal laws comes only to those who can contrail them through long experience.Rodin: The Man and his Art
- another name for vapour trail
C20: from con (densation) + trail
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Word Origin and History for contrail
1945, from condensation trail.
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