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 To expand its footprint overseas, in May, Hybe purchased Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings, which represents singers Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, for $1.05 billion. Grace Chung, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The chain plans to expand its footprint in Maryland, too. Christina Tkacik,, 25 May 2021 Amazon, which currently has 3,700 technology and corporate employees in Greater Boston, is planning to expand its footprint, bringing more than 3,000 new tech and corporate jobs to to the area in coming years. Malcolm Gay,, 1 May 2021 Some see the model as a lifeline for small-business owners looking to do delivery or expand their footprint. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Apr. 2021 The result is a growing enterprise within the company to help customers build diagnostic tools that may long outlast the pandemic, and help Amazon further expand its footprint in the $3.5 trillion health care industry. Casey Ross Reprints, STAT, 14 Apr. 2021 But one thing is for sure, Disneyland is not looking to expand its footprint. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2021 The area extends the restaurant’s outdoor footprint even further. Amy Drew Thompson,, 27 May 2021 The home received a new floor plate, walls, and roof, all of which were erected within the existing home's footprint. Brenda Richardson, Forbes, 27 May 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'footprint.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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14 Jun 2021

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“Footprint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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