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.
“Mystery missile” web sensation may have simply been a “contrail.” What does that mean?A mysterious event in the sky outside of Los Angeles last week grabbed the attention of the media and conspiracy theorists. Was it a secret missile test? Even the Pentagon seemed flummoxed. This week, the military weighed in, dismissing it as the contrail of an ordinary jet. Not to be confused with a coelacanth, the Contras, or any conspiracy-themed topic, a contrail is the benign conjoining of “condensation” and …
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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|Judith Cladel
Word Origin for contrail
C20: from con (densation) + trail
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1945, from condensation trail.
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