foot·​print | \ˈfu̇t-ˌprint \

Definition of footprint 

1 : an impression of the foot on a surface

2a : the area on a surface covered by something a tire with a wide footprint the footprint of a laser beam

b : range of operation (as of a service) a global footprint

3 : a marked effect, impression, or impact left a footprint in the field of research

4 : something that identifies a genetic footprint

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Synonyms for footprint


footmark, footstep, step, trace, vestige

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Examples of footprint in a Sentence

The child left her tiny footprints in the snow. He walked into the kitchen with his boots on, making muddy footprints on the floor. The new model has a smaller footprint than the older model.
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Immersive and interactive art has gone global, and exhibit creators not only allow, but encourage visitors to take photos, thus creating a digital footprint that draws even more people to these technicolored worlds. Michael Liedtke,, "Instagram unveils new video service in challenge to YouTube," 21 June 2018 Beginning in 2013, Starbucks decided to invest in growing its footprint in coffee-producing countries. Justin Worland/alajuela, Time, "Your Morning Cup of Coffee Is in Danger. Can the Industry Adapt in Time?," 21 June 2018 From Lebanon to Iraq and Yemen, Iran has grown its military footprint in the last decade as proxy groups have taken on new political and military clout. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, "Pentagon to confront Iran’s expansion using indirect means, not open conflict," 26 Apr. 2018 The company opted to grow its footprint by about 20,000 feet but that meant busting out walls from the back and both sides of the store. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "This updated Kroger may be University of Louisville's biggest fan. It's coated in Cardinals," 25 Apr. 2018 ATP Atelier is a stealthy Swedish leather goods brand that is steadily growing its footprint. Vogue, "La Dolce Vita Meets Mid-Century Cool in ATP Atelier’s New Shop in Stockholm," 14 Mar. 2018 Searchlight likewise hopes to once again grow Three Billboard's footprint, but theater owners will have to be convinced. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars: Nominees Banking on the Biggest Box-Office Bump," 23 Jan. 2018 Reaching Out The United Arab Emirates has rapidly expanded its military footprint in the Mideast and North Africa. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "With Much at Stake in Yemen Port, Coalition Puts Advance on Hold," 8 July 2018 Bettman has been commissioner since 1993, during which time the N.H.L. has expanded its footprint across North America and increased from 24 to 31 teams. New York Times, "Brodeur, O’Ree and Bettman Are Chosen for Hockey Hall of Fame," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of footprint

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of footprint

: a track or mark left by a foot or shoe

: the amount of space that is covered on a surface by something (such as a computer)


foot·​print | \ˈfu̇t-ˌprint \

Kids Definition of footprint

: a track left by a foot


foot·​print | \ˈfu̇t-ˌprint \

Medical Definition of footprint 

: an impression of the foot on a surface

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