condensation trail

condensation trail
A visible cloud streak, usually brilliantly white, which trails behind an aircraft, missile, or other vehicle in flight under certain conditions. It is caused by the formation of water droplets, or sometimes ice crystals, resulting from sudden compression and then expansive cooling of the air through which the aircraft, missile, or vehicle passes. Also called contrails and vapor trails.

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  • condensation trail — noun 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 • Syn: ↑contrail • Hypernyms: ↑cloud * * * noun : contrail * * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • condensation trail — noun A contrail; a visible line of condensation flowing from the edge of an airplane wing or similar structure …   Wiktionary

  • condensation trail — condensa′tion trail n. aer. mer contrail • Etymology: 1940–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • condensation trail — /kɒndɛnˈseɪʃən treɪl/ (say konden sayshuhn trayl) noun → vapour trail …  

  • condensation trail — 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 …   Military dictionary

  • condensation trail — contrail. [1940 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • trail — n. & v. n. 1 a a track left by a thing, person, etc., moving over a surface (left a trail of wreckage; a slug s slimy trail). b a track or scent followed in hunting, seeking, etc. (he s on the trail). 2 a beaten path or track, esp. through a wild …   Useful english dictionary

  • trail — Synonyms and related words: afterclap, aftercrop, aftereffect, afterglow, aftergrowth, afterimage, aftermath, afterpart, afterpiece, aftertaste, alameda, aroma, attend, back, back up, bag, beat, beaten path, beaten track, bedog, berm, bicycle… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • condensation — n. 1 the act of condensing. 2 any condensed material (esp. water on a cold surface). 3 an abridgement. 4 Chem. the combination of molecules with the elimination of water or other small molecules. Phrases and idioms: condensation trail = vapour… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Traînée de condensation — Traînées de condensation derrière un avion quadriréacteur Boeing 747 …   Wikipédia en Français

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