foot·age | \ˈfu̇-tij \

Definition of footage 

: length or quantity expressed in feet: such as

a : board feet

b : the total number of running feet of motion-picture film used (as for a scene or subject) also : the material contained on such footage

Examples of footage in a Sentence

Some disturbing footage of the war was shown on the evening news.

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Also, unrelated, here’s some footage of a lemon rolling down a hill for about a quarter mile that went viral this week. Michael Andor Brodeur,, "From Trump in Europe to ‘Twin Peaks’ at the Emmys," 14 July 2018 One sequence shows footage of Gandhi being sworn in after his mother, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, was assassinated in 1984. Nyay Bhushan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Series Faces Legal Case Over Portrayal of Ex-India Prime Minister," 13 July 2018 The news station obtained dashcam footage of police chasing and pulling over James Anthony, who was driving a dark gray Chevy Corvette. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "‘I have race cars’: Man defends driving new Corvette over 100 mph, police say," 13 July 2018 The video from the Carrollton Texas Police Department was posted on YouTube Tuesday and features dash cam footage of an officer fighting off a bug, tripping on the pavement during a traffic stop, and running into a glass wall. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Texas police department showcases their best bloopers caught on camera," 12 July 2018 The kit has been manufactured once more by New Balance, and has been launched in partnership with club partner Konami, featuring footage of the players wearing the kit in the upcoming Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 video game., "PHOTO: Liverpool Unveil Trendy New Third Kit Ahead of 2018/19 Season," 12 July 2018 Impressively, Zenovich was able to locate silent footage of that performance. Mick Lasalle,, "Robin Williams gets his just due in documentary ‘Come Inside My Mind’," 11 July 2018 The evidence began to pile up when Apple found CCTV footage of Zhang on the company's California campus during what was supposed to be his paternity leave. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Ex-Apple Employee Charged With Stealing Self-Driving Tech," 11 July 2018 Milwaukee station Fox 6 posted incredible drone footage of the explosion aftermath and fires. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gas line explosion levels several buildings in Sun Prairie; several injured," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of footage

1842, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of footage

: scenes or action recorded on film or video

: the size of something measured in feet

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