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1. An outline or indentation left by a foot on a surface. Also called footmark, footstep.
2. The surface space occupied by a structure or device: the footprint of a building.
a. The impact that a particular activity, person, or group has on the environment.
c. The area affected or covered by a device or phenomenon: the footprint of a communications satellite.


1. an indentation or outline of the foot of a person or animal on a surface
2. the shape and size of the area something occupies: enlarging the footprint of the building; a computer with a small footprint.
3. impact on the environment
4. (Military) a military presence: since 1944, America's military footprint in Europe has been in the West.
5. (Computer Science) computing the amount of resources, such as disk space and memory, that an application requires. See also electronic footprint
6. (General Physics) an identifying characteristic on land or water, such as the area in which an aircraft's sonic boom can be heard or the area covered by the down-blast of a hovercraft
7. (Broadcasting) the area in which the signal from a direct broadcasting satellite is receivable



1. a mark left by the shod or unshod foot, as in earth or sand.
2. an impression of the sole of a person's foot, esp. one taken for purposes of identification.
3. the track of a tire, esp. on wet pavement.
4. the area affected by an increase in the level of sound, as that generated by an airplane.
5. the surface space occupied by something, as a building or microcomputer.


1. The area on the surface of the earth within a satellite's transmitter or sensor field of view.
2. The amount of personnel, spares, resources, and capabilities physically present and occupying space at a deployed location.


1. 'pace'

A pace is a step of normal length that you take when you walk.

He'd only gone a few paces before he stopped again.
The waiter stepped back a pace, watching his customer carefully.
2. 'footstep'

You do not use 'pace' to refer to the sound made by a person's step. The word you use is footstep.

They heard footsteps and turned round.
3. 'footprint'

You also do not use 'pace'to refer to a mark in the ground made by a person's foot. The word you use is footprint.

...fresh footprints in the snow.
There were no footprints or any signs of how the burglars got in.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.footprint - a mark of a foot or shoe on a surfacefootprint - a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface; "the police made casts of the footprints in the soft earth outside the window"
footprint evidence - evidence in the form of footprints; "there was footprint evidence that he had been at the scene of the crime"
print, mark - a visible indication made on a surface; "some previous reader had covered the pages with dozens of marks"; "paw prints were everywhere"
2.footprint - a trace suggesting that something was once present or felt or otherwise important; "the footprints of an earlier civilization"
vestige, tincture, trace, shadow - an indication that something has been present; "there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim"; "a tincture of condescension"
3.footprint - the area taken up by some object; "the computer had a desktop footprint of 10 by 16 inches"
surface area, expanse, area - the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary; "the area of a rectangle"; "it was about 500 square feet in area"


noun impression, mark, track, trace, outline, imprint, indentation I saw a footprint in the snow.
أثَر أقْدامأَثَرُ القَدَم
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[ˈfʊtprɪnt] Nhuella f, pisada f


[ˈfʊtprɪnt] nempreinte f (de pied)
He saw some footprints in the sand → Il a vu des empreintes sur le sable.


[ˈfʊtˌprɪnt] norma, impronta


(fut) plural feet (fiːt) noun
1. the part of the leg on which a person or animal stands or walks. My feet are very sore from walking so far.
2. the lower part of anything. at the foot of the hill.
3. (plural often foot ; often abbreviated to ft when written) a measure of length equal to twelve inches (30.48 cm). He is five feet/foot six inches tall; a four-foot wall.
ˈfooting noun
1. balance. It was difficult to keep his footing on the narrow path.
2. foundation. The business is now on a firm footing.
ˈfootball noun
1. a game played by kicking a large ball. The children played football; (also adjective) a football fan.
2. the ball used in this game.
ˈfoothill noun
a small hill at the foot of a mountain. the foothills of the Alps.
ˈfoothold noun
a place to put one's feet when climbing. to find footholds on the slippery rock.
ˈfootlight noun
(in a theatre) a light which shines on the actors etc from the front of the stage.
ˈfootmanplural ˈfootmen noun
a male servant wearing a uniform. The footman opened the door.
ˈfootmark noun
a footprint. He left dirty footmarks.
ˈfootnote noun
a note at the bottom of a page. The footnotes referred to other chapters of the book.
ˈfootpath noun
a path or way for walking, not for cars, bicycles etc. You can go by the footpath.
ˈfootprint noun
the mark or impression of a foot. She followed his footprints through the snow.
ˈfootsore adjective
with painful feet from too much walking. He arrived, tired and footsore.
ˈfootstep noun
the sound of a foot. She heard his footsteps on the stairs.
ˈfootwear noun
boots, shoes, slippers etc. He always buys expensive footwear.
follow in someone's footsteps
to do the same as someone has done before one. When he joined the police force he was following in his father's footsteps.
foot the bill
to be the person who pays the bill.
on foot
walking. She arrived at the house on foot.
put one's foot down
to be firm about something. I put my foot down and refused.
put one's foot in it
to say or do something stupid. I really put my foot in it when I asked about his wife – she had just run away with his friend!


أَثَرُ القَدَم šlépej fodaftryk Fußabdruck χνάρι huella jalanjälki empreinte otisak stopala impronta 足跡 발자국 voetafdruk fotspor ślad stopy pegada след fotavtryck รอยเท้า ayak izi dấu chân 足迹


n. impresión o huella del pie, pisada.
References in classic literature ?
Robinson Crusoe could not have been more startled at the footprint in the sand than we were at this unwelcome discovery.
As on the ruined human wretch vermin parasites appear, so these ruined shelters have bred a crowd of foul existence that crawls in and out of gaps in walls and boards; and coils itself to sleep, in maggot numbers, where the rain drips in; and comes and goes, fetching and carrying fever and sowing more evil in its every footprint than Lord Coodle, and Sir Thomas Doodle, and the Duke of Foodle, and all the fine gentlemen in office, down to Zoodle, shall set right in five hundred years--though born expressly to do it.
Crusoe found a footprint, but he never heard a double-knock at the street door
The weight comes more nearly in the center of a Negro's footprint.
It was Whitely who discovered the first clue--a huge human-like footprint in the soft earth beside the spring, and indications of a struggle in the mud.
But, another Crusoe chancing upon the footprint of another man Friday, his nose, not his eyes, shocked him electrically alert as he smelled the fresh contact of a living man's foot with the ground.
This is like one of those Red-skin stories where the noble savages carry off a girl and the honest backwoodsman with his incomparable knowledge follows the track and reads the signs of her fate in a footprint here, a broken twig there, a trinket dropped by the way.
She pointed in mock consternation to a fresh footprint in the sand.
A very desert in the wood, whose growth of green is dank and noxious like that upon the top of standing water: where poisonous fungus grows in the rare footprint on the oozy ground, and sprouts like witches' coral, from the crevices in the cabin wall and floor; it is a hideous thing to lie upon the very threshold of a city.
Lookyhere, Huck, there's footprints and some can- dle-grease on the clay about one side of this rock, but not on the other sides.
Let us render the tyrant no aid; let us not hold the light by which he can trace the footprints of our flying brother.
Well, here leads the spoor--a wondrous mass of wolf-spoor mixed with the footprints of men; perhaps they are sometimes the one and sometimes the other--who knows, my brother?