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  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.
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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


  1. another name for vapour trail
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Word Origin for contrail

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


1945, from condensation trail.

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