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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Her grandfather said small footprints were found in his daughter’s blood. Helen Ubiñas,, "Families of homicide victims, bonded by love | Helen Ubiñas," 13 July 2018 Authorities have said footprints and handprints were found inside the cave complex, as well as other items thought to belong to the boys. Tassanee Vejpongsa, Houston Chronicle, "Rain, high water complicate cave search for Thai soccer team," 27 June 2018 Authorities have said footprints and handprints were found inside the cave complex, as well as other items thought to belong to the boys. NBC News, "Rescue of Thai soccer team trapped in cave complicated by heavy rains," 27 June 2018 The state of gaming laptops currently has never been better, with systems capable of desktop-level graphics and processor performance, slim footprints, and great screens. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "New gaming laptops haven’t solved the battery life problem," 30 May 2018 The two-story building will allow the district to build on a smaller footprint and will enhance security and collaboration at the school, according to district officials. Diana Lambert, sacbee, "First Folsom elementary in over a decade will have enhanced security and innovative class spaces | The Sacramento Bee," 21 May 2018 Like those early teams, the investigators in the Kumra mansion were looking for fingerprints, footprints, and hair. Katie Worth, WIRED, "Framed for Murder By His Own DNA," 19 Apr. 2018 Studies and surveys to gather information on wetland delineation, rare and endangered species, the construction footprint and historical significance will also be done, Johnson said. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "New study brings Gorge Dam one step closer to potential removal," 9 Mar. 2018 For the most part, said Keith Brooks, a project manager with RSM, the firm that did the audit, the county has an excellent technology footprint and has made very good decisions with its technology. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Porter County eyes $900K information technology upgrade," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of footprint

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of footprint was in 1552

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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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