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 a result, Chinese battery firms, eager to dominate the global EV market, are rapidly expanding their production footprint in Europe. Mary Hui, Quartz, 20 Sep. 2022 The company also has been expanding its footprint in recent years, now with offices in Puerto Rico, California, Georgia, South Carolina, California and New York. Tim Barker, Orlando Sentinel, 16 Sep. 2022 The operator of Sunset Studios, Hudson Pacific Properties, has acquired Quixote Studios for $360 million, significantly expanding its footprint in the soundstage business. Anousha Sakoui, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2022 A few years later, the now-defunct Corcoran Gallery of Art had purchased the former school with the idea of expanding its educational footprint, a plan the Rubells heartily endorsed. Peggy Mcglone, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2022 Billboard is expanding its global footprint in Asia. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 8 Aug. 2022 Axios expanding its footprint into local news coverage. Carlie Porterfield, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 The investment from private equity firm Silver Lake will also go toward expanding the studio’s footprint in London and Los Angeles. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Aug. 2022 The acquisition is just the latest example of the tech giant expanding its footprint in the healthcare industry and thereby adding to its vast reach into the lives of consumers. Catherine Thorbecke, CNN, 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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“Footprint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 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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