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Condensation trail Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
A visible cloud streak, usually brilliantly white in color, which trails behind a missile or other vehicle in flight under certain conditions. Also called CONTRAIL.
  
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Doctrine Division. ( About )
Condensation trail Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Contrails (; short for "condensation trails") or vapor trails are line-shaped clouds sometimes produced by aircraft engine exhaust, typically at aircraft cruise altitudes several miles above the Earth’s surface. Contrails are composed primarily of water, in the form of ice crystals. The combination of water vapor in aircraft engine exhaust and the low ambient temperatures that often exists at these high altitudes allows the formation of the trails. Impurities in the jet exhaust from the fuel, including sulfur compounds (0.05 y weight in jet fuel) provide some of the particles that can serve as sites for water droplet growth in the exhaust and, if water droplets form, they might freeze to form ice particles that compose a contrail. Their formation can also be triggered by changes in air pressure in wingtip vortices or in the air over the entire wing surface.

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Condensation trail Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. 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
(synonym) contrail
(hypernym) cloud