contrail contrail


  • (n) an artificial cloud created by an aircraft; caused either by condensation due to the reduction in air pressure above the wing surface or by water vapor in the engine exhaust


  1. Even now, a week after news of the achievement first flew around the globe, traces of astonishment linger in the air like a contrail.
  2. Heading into the showdown Senate vote on the SST, proponents clung to a single hope, wispy as a contrail, of keeping the aircraft from crashing.
  3. When the first supersonic jet trans port takes off on a commercial flight, it will leave a contrail of money behind it.


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  1. "The brightest thing through the window by far is the orbiter itself, with its contrail behind," ISS Expedition 13 flight engineer Jeffrey Williams told mission control, adding that the station crew turned off the lights in the US-built Destiny...
    on Sep 21, 2006 By: Jeffrey Williams Source:

  2. "You can see airplane contrails, and occasionally at the end of an airplane contrail, you will see a glint of sunlight off the airplane," Lu says. "And very occasionally, you do see other satellites go by. It is kind of a neat thing to see."
    on May 13, 2004 By: Ed Lu Source: Xinhua

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