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contrail Line breaks: con|trail
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒntreɪl/

Definition of contrail in English:


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.


1940s: abbreviation of condensation trail.

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