What is footprint?

  • (noun): The area taken up by some object.
    Example: "The computer had a desktop footprint of 10 by 16 inches"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Footprints (or footmarks) are the impressions or images left behind by a person walking or running. Hoofprints and pawprints are those left by animals with hooves or paws rather than feet, while "shoeprints" is the specific term for prints made by shoes. They may either be indentations in the ground or something placed onto the surface that was stuck to the bottom of the foot. A "trackway" is set of footprints in soft earth left by a life-form; animal tracks are the footprints, hoofprints, or pawprints of an animal.

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Some articles on footprint:

Footprints in Popular Culture
... The imagery of footprints has been used in many areas of popular culture ... Several poems and songs have been written about them, with the religious poem Footprints being one of the best known ...
Landing Footprint
... simulation will produce a plot resembling a footprint ... Another name for landing footprint is landing ellipse ...
Ain Dara Temple - Architecture and Fittings - Footprints
... A pair of large, bare footprints, each about 3 feet (0.91 m) in length, are carved into the stone floors of the portico, followed by a single footprint carved beyond the first two, and another single ... The inference is that the right footprint seen on the threshold, which is spaced at about 30 feet (9.1 m) from the first footprint, could be of human or goddess, 65 feet (20 m) in height ... Hence, the source of the footprints, whether of gods or humans or animals, is debatable ...
Sustainability Metrics And Indices - Metrics and Indices - Ecological Footprint Approach
... Ecological footprint accounting, based on the biological concept of carrying capacity, tracks the amount of land and water area a human population, needed to produce the resources the ... Global Footprint Network publishes every year results for all nations captured in UN statistics ... The algorithms of ecological footprint accounts have been used in combination with the emergy methodology (S ...
Trump Tower (Philadelphia) - Footprint
... Its footprint was located at 709-717 North Penn Street Philadelphia on an existing peninsula extending 700 feet (210 m) into the Delaware River ...

More definitions of "footprint":

  • (noun): A trace suggesting that something was once present or felt or otherwise important.
    Example: "The footprints of an earlier civilization"
  • (noun): A mark of a foot or shoe on a surface.
    Synonyms: footmark, step

Famous quotes containing the word footprint:

    An oblong puddle inset in the coarse asphalt; like a fancy footprint filled to the brim with quicksilver; like a spatulate hole through which you can see the nether sky. Surrounded, I note, by a diffuse tentacled black dampness where some dull dun dead leaves have stuck. Drowned, I should say, before the puddle had shrunk to its present size.
    Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977)

    There is on the earth no institution which Friendship has established; it is not taught by any religion; no scripture contains its maxims. It has no temple, nor even a solitary column. There goes a rumor that the earth is inhabited, but the shipwrecked mariner has not seen a footprint on the shore. The hunter has found only fragments of pottery and the monuments of inhabitants.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    We have found a strange footprint on the shores of the unknown. We have devised profound theories, one after another, to account for its origin. At last we have succeeded in reconstructing the creature that made the footprint. And lo! It is our own.
    Arthur S. Eddington (1882–1944)