Definition of footprint in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfʊtprɪnt/


1The impression left by a foot or shoe on the ground or a surface.
Example sentences
  • She walked away, her shoes leaving footprints on the lightly snow covered ground.
  • The ground held hard, but her shoes left a footprint.
  • Everywhere the red-tinted cement is impressed with the footprints of children, feral dogs, rickshaws.
footmark, footstep, track, print, mark, spoor, trace, impression
1.1The impact on the environment of human activity in terms of pollution, damage to ecosystems, and the depletion of natural resources: these countries are so populous that they can have a very big footprint
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  • The company lost huge marks for not acknowledging the extent of its carbon footprint.
  • Primarily aimed at small businesses, the initiative also includes effective managements solutions in an attempt to reduce the carbon footprint of HP products.
  • Music streaming can be bad for your carbon footprint - the computer has to be on to play audio files from its hard drive.
1.2 Computing The amount of memory or disk space required by a program.
Example sentences
  • Twenty per cent improvements in performance - in addition to the smaller footprints - are anticipated by Intel.
  • The software has a very small installed footprint of less than 2.5MB.
  • In most cases, memory footprint is down 75 %.
2The area covered by something, in particular:
Example sentences
  • Its four storeys would cover the same footprint of the factory, but would not be at a higher level.
  • The new enginehouse sits beside the old V & T turntable pit and does not cover the footprint of the former wooden roundhouse, which varied between four and six stalls.
  • The sales footprint covers key markets in Germany, Spain, Scandinavia, Portugal, and the UK amongst others.
2.1The area beneath an aircraft or a land vehicle which is affected by its noise or pressure.
Example sentences
  • And the next thing they have to do is to get to the zoning authorities and tell them not to allow people to move into the noise footprint of the airport.
  • Air-tour helicopter operators at the canyon have to make money with a lower-capacity aircraft with a larger noise footprint.
  • Airborne ISR can also leave a smaller footprint than other methods if we base the aircraft outside the host nation.
2.2The area in which a broadcast signal from a particular source can be received.
Example sentences
  • Satellite signals and footprints did not respect geo-political boundaries and it was no longer possible to limit the medium or its message to the confines of the nation state.
  • It is supposed to have 2.5-meter resolution as well as the capacity to send down images that can be received within the imaged footprint.
  • A square white sector antenna with a beam width of about 40°, angles down at the park and provides a signal footprint that serves the park itself and little else.
2.3The space taken up on a surface by a piece of computer hardware.
Example sentences
  • Third, it has a small footprint, saving space in the data centre.
  • Compare the total amount of data that can be stored in the same footprint and DVD gets much more attractive than MO.
  • The reduced footprint of SATA data connections frees up space on motherboards, potentially allowing for more convenient layouts and room for more onboard features!

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