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Definition of footprint noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[usually plural] a mark left on a surface by a person's foot or shoe or by an animal's foot footprints in the sand muddy footprints on the kitchen floor He could identify any animal from its footprints.
  2. 2the amount of space that something fills, for example the amount of space that a computer takes up on a desk
  3. 3the area on the earth in which a signal from a communications satellite can be received see also carbon footprint
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: footprint