Definition of contrail
: streaks of condensed water vapor created in the air by an airplane or rocket at high altitudes
Recent Examples of contrail from the Web
And when these drones fly, a torrent of data will follow them like an invisible contrail.
Q: Why are contrails often seen in a cross-hatch or checkerboard configuration?
The snow hissed violently off the bottoms of my skis to form blue contrails.
After the show, reader J emailed me a picture, taken last month, of a jet contrail that could’ve been mistaken for a missile, too.
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Origin and Etymology of contrail
First Known Use: 1943See Words from the same year
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Definition of contrail for English Language Learners
: a stream of water or ice particles created in the sky by an airplane or rocket
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