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


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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Galaxy’s Edge expanded the footprint of Disneyland Park by 20 percent, so Finnegan said overcrowding has not been a problem. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Disney’s Pixar Pier marks first anniversary with opening of final attraction," 28 June 2019 Their whole stand could have fit in the footprint of Komatsu’s giant excavator. Andrew Curry, WIRED, "One Boy’s Dream Vacation to See Giant Construction Equipment," 26 June 2019 While the footprint of the 1,600-square-foot home won't change, nearly every other element of the kitchen, two bathrooms, guest room, and living spaces will. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "Inside Sophia Bush’s Incredible Renovation of a Classic 1950s Bungalow in Los Angeles," 24 June 2019 Lichen fields on the mountain had once held the footprints of Rocky Reifenstuhl, a longtime Alaska geologist and bike- and foot-racing legend. Anchorage Daily News, "A 60-mile walk under the midnight sun, with no stops for sleep," 22 June 2019 The footprint of the historical establishment, which previously capped its customers at 207, won’t change. Hillary Davis,, "Newport’s Stag Bar gets OK to boost customer capacity by 25%," 21 June 2019 The plan includes two new aerial lifts for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders within the existing footprint of the resort, and five new runs. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Arizona Snowbowl plans $60M expansion to ease congestion, upgrade facilities at Flagstaff resort," 12 June 2019 The large footprints of office buildings obliterated classic alleys. John Kelly, Washington Post, "The District’s alleys were once grim slums. A few were reborn as hip destinations.," 9 June 2019 The flare was well within the footprint of the fire. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Grant County wildfire contained; show unaffected at Gorge for Grateful Dead fans," 8 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce footprint (audio) \

Kids Definition of footprint

: a track left by a foot


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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