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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of contrail

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

British Dictionary definitions for contrail



another name for vapour trail

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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