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.
- Also called condensation trail, exhaust trail, vapor trail .
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How to use contrail in a sentence
A wispy line forms along the particle’s path, like a miniature contrail.How particle detectors capture matter’s hidden, beautiful reality | Emily Conover | August 5, 2021 | Science News
The temperature is not too hot and the day gives me a very blue sky through which several planes fly, leaving that thin contrail by which they can be tracked.
In the past 20 years, military pilots have made more than 120 sightings of objects with no apparent signs of conventional propulsion—no exhaust or contrails, and certainly no wings or fins.The U.S. Government's Long-Awaited UFO Report Is Here. Its Findings? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ | Jeffrey Kluger | June 4, 2021 | Time
Abed Nofal, 35, was on the phone in his house in Gaza’s Jabaliya neighborhood, enjoying the relative comfort of living next to farmland that he considered an unlikely target, when he saw a rocket contrail streaking his way.Israeli forces hit Hamas tunnels in Gaza as all-out war looms; more rockets rain down | Steve Hendrix, Michael E. Miller, Shira Rubin | May 14, 2021 | Washington Post
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
another name for vapour trail
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