Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An outline or indentation left by a foot on a surface.
  • noun The surface space occupied by a structure or device.
  • noun The impact that a particular activity, person, or group has on the environment.
  • noun The area affected or covered by a device or phenomenon.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The mark of a foot; an impression left by the foot in walking.
  • noun In geology, an impression of the foot of an animal on the surface of a rock, such impression having been made at a time when the stone was in the state of loose sand or moist clay; anichnite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The impression of the foot; a trace or footmark.”

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The impression of the foot in a soft substance such as sand or snow.
  • noun Space required by a piece of equipment. Eg: This computer has a smaller footprint.
  • noun computing Amount of hard drive space required for a program.
  • noun computing The audit trail left by a crashed program
  • noun Profession or lifestyle, as in...
  • noun The surface space occupied by a structure
  • noun A company's geographic market presence. Eg. The store, which is slated to open next month, increases the company's footprint in the market to 14 locations.
  • noun The ecological impact of a human activity, machine, etc.
  • noun Availability of a satellite from the ground

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a trace suggesting that something was once present or felt or otherwise important
  • noun the area taken up by some object
  • noun a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface

Etymologies

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Examples

  • The use of the term footprint to refer to the impact of human activity on the environment is about 30 years old.

    IEEE Spectrum

  • As you know, MacDill supports tanker operations for the United States Air Force, and we certainly are conducting tanker operations in what we call the footprint around Afghanistan, but we are not basing any of our refueling assets in Afghanistan.

    CNN Transcript Apr 5, 2002

  • ABC's Katz, a "huge hockey fan," suggests the league's "footprint" is growing.

    ABC interactive efforts up close, personal

  • I think the profile of the products, the categories, the footprint, is quite strong.

    Transcript: Irene Rosenfeld

  • For example, a 2007 estimate had 180,000 contractors supporting roughly 160,000 troops in Iraq; to the extent official numbers list just the 160,000 military personnel, the government can give the impression that our footprint is only half its actual size.

    David Isenberg: We Don't Need No Stinking Democracy

  • Their carbon footprint is tiny and I think again that stresses the necessity for governments like Australia to move quickly to curb our emissions, Baird states.

    Australian Scientists Warn Asian, Indian Ocean Reefs Dying

  • For example, a 2007 estimate had 180,000 contractors supporting roughly 160,000 troops in Iraq; to the extent official numbers list just the 160,000 military personnel, the government can give the impression that our footprint is only half its actual size.

    David Isenberg: We Don't Need No Stinking Democracy

  • America used to be the CAN DO nation, and reducing our CO2 footprint is something we CAN DO and do it well if we set our mind to it.

    Global Warming...

  • I think the profile of the products, the categories, the footprint, is quite strong.

    Transcript: Irene Rosenfeld

  • For example, a 2007 estimate had 180,000 contractors supporting roughly 160,000 troops in Iraq; to the extent official numbers list just the 160,000 military personnel, the government can give the impression that our footprint is only half its actual size.

    David Isenberg: We Don't Need No Stinking Democracy

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