foot·​age | \ ˈfu̇-tij How to pronounce footage (audio) \

Definition of footage

1 : recorded video material A camerawoman from Channel 12 shows up to grab some footage for the evening news.— Bari Walsh Video footage posted online shows him daring an audience member to fight …— Latifah Muhammad Ramsay uses security footage from inside and outside of the brownstone to detail Joe's actions.— Kyle Turner The documentary series that presents archival images and film footage in color continues, this week focusing on memorable events from the 1940s.— Kristi Turnquist
2 : 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) The people of Hiroshima had a fund-raising campaign to purchase footage from films taken by American photographers …. They calculated they could purchase ten feet of footage for one thousand yen …— Ruth Ann Keyso and Masahide Ota

Examples of footage in a Sentence

Some disturbing footage of the war was shown on the evening news.
Recent Examples on the Web Healey was seen on security footage taken from a local business trying to muscle a woman on foot next to the Middlesex Turnpike. Fox News, 11 May 2022 Iran has stopped the International Atomic Energy Agency from accessing its surveillance camera footage, further worrying nuclear nonproliferation experts. Nasser Karimi, ajc, 11 May 2022 That policy was violated earlier this week when footage taken by an audience member of a Williams while nude on stage was posted online. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 May 2022 This design trick offers an awesome place to kick back and relax—all without taking up too much precious square footage. Kelsey Mulvey, ELLE Decor, 10 May 2022 State television broadcast footage of Russian soldiers handing out Soviet flags with the St. George’s ribbon in villages near Kharkiv, in eastern Ukraine. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 Publicly available footage suggests that TB2s destroyed at least ten Russian missile batteries and disrupted the Russian supply lines by bombing transport trucks. The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 And even in his rehearsal footage, Hager channeled a flood of feeling with his song. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 9 May 2022 However, the clerk was unable to make a positive I.D. from a photo lineup and police were awaiting hotel security footage to be released by upper management as the investigation continued. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 8 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of footage

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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13 May 2022

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“Footage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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