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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web As the largest domestic chip maker by both revenue and manufacturing footprint, Intel stands to benefit the most from legislation designed specifically to reduce reliance on overseas facilities for key technologies. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 29 July 2022 Apple did not respond to requests for comment for this story, but Cook emphasized Apple’s broader manufacturing footprint on the company’s most recent earnings call. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, 28 July 2022 The smaller footprint, one-third less than the original lodge, allowed for natural dune restoration. Erin Gifford, Washington Post, 27 July 2022 Three more players are coming from another talent-rich state that has long been a part of the program’s recruiting footprint, California. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 July 2022 But over time, commoditization of technology, wider appeal and accessibility, as well as a gentler footprint on the planet, could make a trip to the bank, a jungle safari or a rendezvous with friends easier to navigate virtually than in real life. Martin Boyd, Forbes, 25 July 2022 In addition to its rich imagery, the Báez piece occupies a strategic location in the museum’s footprint at the beginning of a sequence of galleries that trace the rise of modernism, represented mainly through French art. Steven Litt, cleveland, 24 July 2022 Ditto any kind of off-road endeavor that prizes a big footprint and plenty of ground clearance—the Xtreme Recon package is optimized for mud, deep water, and sand. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 22 July 2022 This countertop ice maker is the best-selling ice maker on Amazon—and that’s no surprise, considering its affordable price point, small countertop footprint, and quick ice-making speed. Heath Owens, Popular Mechanics, 21 July 2022 See More

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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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1 Aug 2022

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“Footprint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for footprint


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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