foot·​print ˈfu̇t-ˌprint How to pronounce footprint (audio)
: an impression of the foot on a surface
: the area on a surface covered by something
a tire with a wide footprint
the footprint of a laser beam
: range of operation (as of a service)
a global footprint
: a marked effect, impression, or impact
left a footprint in the field of research
: 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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of footprint was in 1552

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Cite this Entry

“Footprint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


foot·​print ˈfu̇t-ˌprint How to pronounce footprint (audio)
: a track left by the foot

Medical Definition


foot·​print ˈfu̇t-ˌprint How to pronounce footprint (audio)
: an impression of the foot on a surface

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