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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Over the ensuing years, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q expanded its footprint beyond Birmingham and outside of Alabama, opening locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Colorado. Bob Carlton |, al, "The story of Rodney and Nick, brothers in barbecue," 3 July 2020 Despite the backing of a corporate giant, and one with a significant footprint in the video game industry, Mixer never took off. Washington Post, "The last days of Mixer," 30 June 2020 And yet, each has left a unique and indelible footprint in history. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Mauro Guillén on how the pandemic is accelerating history," 30 June 2020 The footprint of about 5,200 square feet cost $3 million to develop, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Deep Ellum Brewing Co. closes Fort Worth taproom after just one year," 30 June 2020 Texas mansions can start from $1 million to $135 million, with a footprint of 7, 000-27,082 sq. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "I'd rather live in a cool tiny home than a sprawling Texas mansion. Here's why.," 29 June 2020 The French Operation Barkhane, headquartered in Chad, and the French commitment to security and stability in Africa are reasons why detractors call for the United States to reduce its footprint on the continent and allow the Europeans to take over. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "French killing of top al Qaeda terrorist shows vital role of US intelligence in Africa," 16 June 2020 General Motors closed the Oshawa facility last year, reducing the footprint in Canada even more. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Future uncertain for new Ford Edge as company heads into labor talks in Canada," 16 June 2020 Amazon company has expanded its footprint in Northeast Ohio in recent years, opening up fulfillment and sorting facilities in Euclid and North Randall. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Is Amazon planning to build a delivery center in Cleveland’s Industrial Valley?," 10 June 2020

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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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7 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Footprint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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