footprint

noun
foot·​print | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌprint How to pronounce footprint (audio) \

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

Synonyms

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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Food was sourced locally, event contractors came from the surrounding community, and the entire set-up was meant to leave a small footprint on the Argentine capital. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Olympics try more city-friendly bid process: Will it work?," 8 Oct. 2018 That’s about the same weight as the 3rd Gen X1 Yoga, but the footprint has shrunk by about half an inch in its length and width, and a couple of millimeters in thickness, too. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga slim down with 8th-gen Core chips for 2019," 7 Jan. 2019 One is to reevaluate our daily plastic waste footprint and make decisions to reuse things like plastic bags and water bottles. Tabor Wordelman, Teen Vogue, "You Can't Just "Clean Up" the Plastic in the Ocean. Here's Why.," 18 Dec. 2018 Foveros takes that into the third dimension, enabling even greater density and a reduced footprint. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel introduces Foveros: 3D die stacking for more than just memory," 12 Dec. 2018 Cesar Pelli remembers doing a footprint study when designing the Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges, at Yale University, plastering black-and-white images up on walls around the office. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why Eero Saarinen’s ‘50s office was a breeding ground for modernist design," 8 Nov. 2018 Stay at the Adler Dolomiti, a centrally located resort whose large footprint covers several blocks of the cobblestone streets. Kelly Hushin, Town & Country, "How to Explore the Hidden Gems of Italy's Dolomite Region," 28 Sep. 2018 Casino stocks have been popular wagers for activists as of late and bankers say the gambling industry is primed for more dealmaking as companies seek combinations that can provide diversification, boost footprints and improve margins. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "Carl Icahn to Push Casino Operator Caesars to Consider Selling Itself," 14 Feb. 2019 Craters, caves, hot springs, petrified forests, and even dinosaur footprints were all marked. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of footprint

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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footprint

noun

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)

footprint

noun
foot·​print | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌprint How to pronounce footprint (audio) \

Kids Definition of footprint

: a track left by a foot

footprint

noun
foot·​print | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌprint How to pronounce footprint (audio) \

Medical Definition of footprint

: an impression of the foot on a surface

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