Definition of contrail in English:

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contrail

Pronunciation: /ˈkɒntreɪl/

noun

chiefly North American
Another term for vapour trail.
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.

For editors and proofreaders

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