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Footprints in sand


From foot +‎ print.



footprint (plural footprints)

  1. The impression of the foot in a soft substance such as sand or snow.
    • 1928, Lawrence R. Bourne, chapter 13, Well Tackled![1]:
      “Yes, there are two distinct sets of footprints, both wearing rubber shoes—one I think ordinary plimsolls, the other goloshes,” replied the sergeant.
  2. Space required by a piece of equipment. Eg: This computer has a smaller footprint.
  3. (computing) Amount of hard drive space required for a program.
  4. (computing) The audit trail left by a crashed program.
  5. Profession or lifestyle, as in...
    He is following in his father's footprints.
  6. The surface space occupied by a structure.
    the footprint of a building.
  7. A company's geographic market presence.
    The store, which is slated to open next month, increases the company's footprint in the market to 14 locations.
  8. The ecological impact of a human activity, machine, etc.
    My carbon footprint is very high.
  9. Availability of a satellite from the ground.