vapor trail

noun

Examples of vapor trail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But this parallels the storm's counterclockwise swing and its atmospheric river, a vapor trail that has soaked up tropical precipitation near Hawaii and swept it northeast to California. NBC News, 6 Feb. 2024 Alphabet’s Google and American Airlines used AI to help planes create fewer vapor trails, which contribute to global warming. Nuha Dolby, WSJ, 11 Sep. 2023 Google thinks an airline like American would only need to burn about 0.3% more fuel to cut down on contrails because only certain flights are likely to create the vapor trails. Kyle Arnold, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Aug. 2023 Seen from above, the sea is always the most extraordinary blue, its surface patterned with winds and cloud shadows, the wakes of pleasure boats scrolling behind like vapor trails. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 July 2023 Airplanes do release vapor trails called contrails, short for condensation trails,which form when water vapor condenses into ice crystals around the small particles emitted by jet engines. Laura Paddison, CNN, 27 May 2023 Seider picked Pastrnak’s pocket at the Red Wing defensive blue line, put on the jets, and finished with a doorstep backhand lift on Jeremy Swayman, with Pastrnak chasing in his vapor trail. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Mar. 2023 The awesome spectacle and the long, lingering vapor trail brought people outside or to their windows to see what happened—and that’s when the shock wave touched down. Phil Plait, Scientific American, 15 Feb. 2023 That's the vapor trail from Thursday's launch of a monster Delta IV rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 23 Jan. 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vapor trail was in 1941

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“Vapor trail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vapor%20trail. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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