foot·​age | \ ˈfu̇-tij \

Definition of footage

: length or quantity expressed in feet: such as
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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Although the couple had previously shared footage of the event during their joint tour, this shot reveals Bey's dress in full for the first time. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé Wore the Coolest Wedding Gown for Her Vow Renewal with Jay-Z," 2 Jan. 2019 Gathering lick pics Researchers first captured footage of a domestic cat grooming using a high-speed video camera. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Science says your cat’s tongue is ideally suited for grooming fur," 28 Dec. 2018 Russia's Ministry of Defense posted footage of the test launch on YouTube. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Tests Yet Another Hypersonic Weapon," 27 Dec. 2018 Anyone who loves camper vans is likely not looking for a ton of space; even the largest of vans won’t have the square footage of a giant Class A RV. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Camper van with skylights lives large in 100 square feet," 17 Dec. 2018 The network launched an internal investigation, during which the Times claims that CBS' chief compliance officer Mark Engstrom submitted footage of Dushku cursing on set, purportedly to undermine her complaints. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "CBS Confirms It Paid Actress Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million to Settle Harassment Claims," 15 Dec. 2018 As Kraft videographers swept Mayo trying to get funny footage of locals surrendering now-contraband mayonnaise from their fridges, a Florida First Amendment lawyer wasn't chuckling. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Mayo, Florida Was Just Renamed for a Different Condiment," 24 Sep. 2018 The office also cited footage from surveillance cameras and statements from the woman and others. WSJ, " Founder Faces Backlash at Home: ‘Behind the Law is Morality’," 22 Dec. 2018 Prince Harry at the Club Ahead of the royal wedding, footage from the Duke of Sussex's 2013 interview in Afghanistan resurfaced. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "22 Memes That Made 2018 Less Horrible," 17 Dec. 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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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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