Contrail meaning

kŏntrāl
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A visible trail of streaks of condensed water vapor or ice crystals sometimes forming in the wake of an aircraft.
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A white trail of condensed water vapor that sometimes forms in the wake of an aircraft; vapor trail.
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An artificial cloud made by the exhaust of jet aircraft or wingtip vortices that precipitate a stream of tiny ice crystals in moist, frigid upper air.
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Origin of contrail

  • con(densation) trail

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Blend of condensation and trail

    From Wiktionary