Footprint meaning

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The definition of a footprint is the mark left by a foot or shoe, or the area that something occupies.

An example of a footprint is the indentation left as a person walks by the water on the beach.

An example of a footprint is the length and width of the space occupied by the couch.

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An outline or indentation left by a foot on a surface.
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The physical space something occupies, as in the footprint of a computer or a PBX.
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Space required by a piece of equipment. Eg: This computer has a smaller footprint.
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An impression or mark made by a foot or shoe, as in sand.
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(computing) The audit trail left by a crashed program.
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Profession or lifestyle, as in...

He is following in his father's footprints.

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Availability of a satellite from the ground.
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The surface space occupied by a structure or device.

The footprint of a building.

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An area, or its shape, which something affects, occupies, etc., as the space taken up by a computer, the coverage pattern of a communications satellite, etc.
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The coverage area of a satellite or other radio transmitter system.
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The ecological impact of a human activity, machine, etc.

My carbon footprint is very high.

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The process that a company goes through to expand its market or locations. Expanding the company’s footprint is a favorite justification for a merger. By purchasing another company the acquirer increases its footprint.
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The impression of the foot in a soft substance such as sand or snow.
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The surface space occupied by a structure.

The footprint of a building.

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A company's geographic market presence.

The store, which is slated to open next month, increases the company's footprint in the market to 14 locations.

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The amount of geographic space covered by an object. A computer footprint is the desk or floor surface it occupies. A satellite's footprint is the earth area covered by its downlink. An application's footprint is the amount of memory (RAM) it requires. See form factor. See also memory footprint and digital footprint.
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(computing) Amount of hard drive space required for a program.
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Origin of footprint