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Footprints in sand


From foot +‎ print.


  • IPA(key): /ˈfʊtpɹɪnt/
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footprint (plural footprints)

  1. The impression of the foot in a soft substance such as sand or snow.
    Synonyms: footmark, ichnogram
    • 1928, Lawrence R. Bourne, chapter 13, in 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.
    This computer has a smaller footprint.
  3. (computing) The amount of hard drive space required for a program.
  4. (computing) The audit trail left by a crashed program.
  5. (figuratively) Profession or lifestyle.
    He is following in his father's footprints.
  6. The surface space occupied by a structure.
    the footprint of a building
    • 2007, Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS): Environmental Impact:
      Heavy debris would generally travel farther downrange within the debris footprint; lighter material would generally fall near the point of intercept. Footprint lengths can vary []
  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. (ecology) The ecological impact of a human activity, machine, etc.
    Hyponyms: carbon footprint, ecological footprint
    My carbon footprint is very high.
  9. Availability of a satellite from the ground.
    • 2014, August E. Grant; Ashley J. Bennington, Communication Technology Update, page 274:
      When a satellite's footprint covers a wider area than intended, the footprint is said to “spillover” [sic] into surrounding territory.
  10. (cartography) A polygon representing the shape of an item.
    building footprint

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