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vapour trail

n
(Aeronautics) a visible trail left by an aircraft flying at high altitude or through supercold air, caused by the deposition of water vapour in the engine exhaust as minute ice crystals. Also called: condensation trail or contrail
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vapour trail

, (US) vapor trail

vapour trail

n (Aer) → scia
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Social media was awash with photographs and questions about the vapour trails that split the azure blue.
On a clear day, you can see the planes at very high altitudes and not only hear them but see the vapour trails from the huge amounts of fuel being exhausted to the atmosphere.
But every student of the sky, Knows, behind that cloudy door, Jet liners trailing vapour trails, Are scribbling many more.
A report ordered by the agriculture ministry has found that tracks observed in skies over Cyprus are due to normal vapour trails from aircraft, and not to chemtrails -- but critics aren't convinced.
au , scientist Aron Gingis claims that MH370 can be located "by identifying cloud changes for evidence of vapour trails caused by burning fuel emissions from the aircraft.
We have lots of vapour trails criss-crossing the sky.
k Bach was replaced by jazz on the radio and the bursts and vapour trails continued their show.
The device allows students to see the miniature vapour trails created by natural radiation, or "cosmic rays", and can help them get to grips with concepts which are not usually visible to the naked eye.
Intriguingly, it appears to leave vapour trails, similar to a plane, in its wake.
BLAMED Vapour trails from two planes flying over Alnwick when the sonic boom shook homes and businesses across the North East
Scientists have studied the huge formations of British and US bombers which gathered en masse at 16,000ft before cruising at 30,000ft, causing huge vapour trails in the moist air.
As anyone who has cared to look up on a clear day at the skies above Arfon and South Anglesey will know, the vapour trails of a constant stream of aircraft can be seen for hours on end above these areas.