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contrail

[kon-treyl] /ˈkɒn treɪl/
noun
1.
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
1940-1945
1940-45; con(densation) trail
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  • The sense of the eternal laws comes only to those who can contrail them through long experience.

British Dictionary definitions for contrail

contrail

/ˈkɒntreɪl/
noun
1.
another name for vapour trail
Word Origin
C20: from con(densation) + trail
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Word Origin and History for contrail
n.

1945, from condensation trail.

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Related Abbreviations for contrail

contrail

condensation trail
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