contrail

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noun con·trail \ ˈkän-ˌtrāl \

Definition of contrail

:streaks of condensed water vapor created in the air by an airplane or rocket at high altitudes

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Origin and Etymology of contrail

condensation trail


CONTRAIL Defined for English Language Learners

contrail

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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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