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

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

Police have asked for the home's surveillance footage as evidence and have arrested the four getaway drivers, reported the Sun of Westerly. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Taylor Swift Has the Best Reaction To A Car Crashing Into Her Home," 4 Apr. 2019 Surveillance footage near the Aiello’s house stood in conflict with Tony Aiello saying his stepdaughter drove by with an unidentified passenger. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Fitbit data used to charge 90-year-old man in gruesome hacking murder case," 5 Oct. 2018 The two were later released and no charges were filed, but footage of the arrest went viral on social media, prompting boycotts. Fox News, "Men arrested at Starbucks settle with city for $1, plus promise of $200G entrepreneurship program for students," 2 Oct. 2018 In September 2014, security footage of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking his fiancée unconscious in an elevator went viral, unleashing a nationwide debate about what behavior should be tolerated in the NFL. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "Urban Meyer and Ohio State care more about a game than victims of domestic violence," 31 Aug. 2018 According to the alert, police responded in minutes but weren’t able to find the Hyundai, though investigators later identified one matching its description on surveillance footage. Jeff Weiner,, "Man performed 'sex act' in front of 2 women at UCF campus, police say," 10 July 2018 Speaking through tears, Ettel told Today that she’s gotten death threats since the footage went viral. Char Adams,, "Woman Who Claimed to Call Cops on Girl Selling Water Resigns as CEO of Cannabis Company," 27 June 2018 When the Milwaukee Police Department released 30 minutes of body camera video of Brown's arrest, the footage went viral. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Beyond proud of Sterling': Milwaukee Bucks GM Jon Horst gives strong support of rookie Sterling Brown," 20 June 2018 The terrifying footage spread on social media over the weekend, showing a tidal wave of snow balloon over the road: Despite the harrowing ordeal, nobody was hurt in the incident, according to local reports. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Harrowing Video Shows Massive Avalanche Blanket Colorado Highway," 4 Mar. 2019

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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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