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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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 When complete, the Gigafactory will be the biggest building in the world by footprint and the second biggest by volume. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla will live and die by the Gigafactory," 30 Nov. 2018 An extremely rare 170-million year-old dinosaur footprint has been found in Scotland. James Rogers, Fox News, "Stunning dinosaur discovery: 170-million-year-old footprint found in Scotland," 24 Aug. 2018 Within Cox’s footprint, some neighborhoods around Poway can’t get gigabit speeds just yet. Mike Freeman,, "Cox, Spectrum upgrade networks to bring gigabit Internet speeds to San Diego," 11 July 2018 Loyal to Lush's eco-friendly mission, the larger versions, like all the other sizes, can be recycled to help reduce the brand's manufacturing footprint., "Lush's Beloved Insomnia-Curing Lotion Now Comes In Jumbo Size," 10 July 2018 Prosecutors said footprints found on a spa cover and a sheet in the Ryens’ house matched one in the hideaway house., "'They framed me': On death row for decades, Kevin Cooper pushes for new DNA tests in Chino Hills murders," 8 July 2018 The monstrosity in Nevada will have the biggest footprint of any industrial building in the world. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Google's Pixel 3 Reveal Event Here, Live," 9 Oct. 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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