vapor trail


Definition of vapor trail

Examples of vapor trail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Early bird Central Florida residents witnessed a strange phenomenon Friday morning of an angelic-looking, luminescent vapor trail left behind by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which launched carrying Starlink satellites from Kennedy Space Center. Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel, 6 May 2022 Subsequent bubbles typically formed near the same spots, forming a single vapor trail that served to push the droplet in a preferred direction. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 21 Jan. 2022 In 2020, Rublev was attached to a vapor trail from the start. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Sep. 2021 The painter’s short, incandescent career left a vapor trail across the sky of American Art that glowed brightly and faded quickly., 21 May 2021 The Padres roared into Monday riding a vapor trail — seven straight wins and a baseball-best 20-5 record since Aug. 17 — and trailed the Dodgers by just 2½ games. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Sep. 2020 Parise, who badly misread the attack, suddenly was chasing in Krug’s vapor trail., 23 Nov. 2019 Nanook knows that the modern world exists; in fact, one of the film’s most vivid shots has him flat on his back in the snow watching jet airplane vapor trails in the sky. Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 25 Sep. 2019 McAvoy chased in his vapor trail, but Marino finished with a backhand tuck for the Pens’ first lead of the night., 5 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of vapor trail

1941, in the meaning defined above

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16 May 2022

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“Vapor trail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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