[ kon-treyl ]
/ ˈkɒn treɪl /
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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
1940–45; con(densation) trail
Words nearby contrail
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That’s important because soot helps form contrails, which trap heat in the atmosphere and contribute to climate change.Scientists Figured Out How to Turn Food Waste Into Jet Fuel|Edd Gent|March 22, 2021|Singularity Hub
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
/ (ˈkɒntreɪl) /
another name for vapour trail
Word Origin for contrail
C20: from con (densation) + trail
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