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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Synonyms for footprint


footmark, footstep, step, trace, vestige

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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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Hence, arranging them in a Fermat’s spiral pattern would lead to smaller footprints and higher efficiencies for the power plant. Shweta Narayan, Smithsonian, "How Engineers of New Energy Technology Are Taking Cues From Nature," 31 Aug. 2019 With a 14-acre footprint and an out-of-this-world feel, there are plenty of good selfie spots for capturing the perfect front-facing photos. Patrick Connolly,, "Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has plenty of selfie opportunities," 29 Aug. 2019 While some killers in recent mass shootings have taken to posting writing or even broadcasting their attacks, there are cases where shooters leave very little public footprint and no motive is uncovered. Washington Post, "California festival killer’s motive still a mystery," 31 July 2019 These long-term money problems could mean the closing of many more parishes and schools in the coming decades, which would reduce the footprint and influence of a faith that was once nearly synonymous with the identity of Chicago. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Thousands of Illinois households could lose food stamps, national police union asks Lightfoot to apologize after hot mic moment and other things to know to start your day," 26 July 2019 But unlike the Apollo missions, where astronauts left flags and footprints and then just left, NASA intends to build an outpost in orbit around the moon., "As NASA celebrates its biggest triumph, there are worries it won’t be able to do it again," 19 July 2019 That’s right – the online retailer has houses for sale that can be yours for less than $20,000, given you don’t mind a tiny footprint and a whole lot of manual labor. Rachel Desantis,, "Home Sweet Tiny House? Amazon Is Selling Tiny Homes for Less Than $20,000," 2 July 2019 No blood evidence, no footprints and no fingerprints tied Irons to the crime. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, "Maya Moore Left Basketball. A Prisoner Needed Her Help.," 30 June 2019 This means a potentially lower cost, lower footprint, and higher reliability for the same amount of computer. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Nvidia pushes ARM supercomputing," 17 June 2019

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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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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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