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 beamb : 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
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.
First Known Use of footprint
FOOTPRINT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of footprint for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of footprint for Students
: a track left by a foot
Medical Definition of footprint
: an impression of the foot on a surface
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