Definition of contrail in English:

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contrail

Pronunciation: /ˈkäntrāl/

noun

chiefly North American
A trail of condensed water from an aircraft or rocket at high altitude, seen as a white streak against the sky.
Example sentences
  • I suggest it might be possible that fast moving jets generating energy and contrails in an electrically charged atmosphere may be able to form red plasma orbs that were imaged by Nicolas.
  • Sometimes, when we pass very close to or even fly through contrails left by another jet, we can see the twisting motion caused by the jet exhaust which created them.
  • The thick, twisting contrails still prevented any visual sightings.

Origin

1940s: abbreviation of condensation trail.

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Syllabification: con·trail

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