footprint (noun) LISTEN
A footprint is the mark left by a foot, as in the earth or sand.
- It was a rainy day and the children left footprints on the kitchen floor.
- Evan followed the footprints in the snow.
A footprint is also the surface space occupied by a piece of furniture or equipment.
- The footprint of the refrigerator was bigger than the space designated for it.
Did you know?
A carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by a particular human activity. If you want to help the environment, you may try to reduce your carbon footprint. Find more information about carbon footprints here.
In pop culture
Watch Matthew Broderick in the Footprint scene from the 1988 movie Godzilla. How big do you think Godzilla is?
Now, listen to Leona Lewis singing “Footprints in the Sand.” When you see footprints (but not the person making them) you can see what they have done, even if they’re not present.
There are other meanings of footprint.