Definition of footprint noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfʊtprɪnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʊtprɪnt//
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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. see also digital footprint
  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
  4. Extra examples Steps must be taken to reduce our carbon footprint. The detective found fresh footprints in the mud next to the victim. The intruder had left some clear footprints in the flower beds. The wet footprints led back to the pool. They had fled through the snow, and police had followed their footprints. a set of footprints in the sand
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: footprint