contrail

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con·trail

 (kŏn′trāl′)
n.
A visible trail of streaks of condensed water vapor or ice crystals sometimes forming in the wake of an aircraft. Also called vapor trail.

contrail

(ˈkɒntreɪl)
n
(Aeronautics) another name for vapour trail
[C20: from con(densation) + trail]

con•trail

(ˈkɒnˌtreɪl)

n.
a visible condensation of water droplets or ice crystals from the atmosphere, occurring in the wake of an aircraft, rocket, or missile.
[1940–45; con(densation) trail]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contrail - an artificial cloud created by an aircraft; caused either by condensation due to the reduction in air pressure above the wing surface or by water vapor in the engine exhaust
cloud - a visible mass of water or ice particles suspended at a considerable altitude
Translations

contrail

n (Aviat) → Kondensstreifen m
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In the top slide, a line of exhaust left by an airplane trails across the sky; in the bottom image, we see the wake left by a boat on the ocean.