Meaning of “footprint” in the English Dictionary

"footprint" in British English

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footprintnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfʊt.prɪnt/ us /ˈfʊt.prɪnt/

footprint noun [ C ] (SIZE)

specialized engineering, architecture the amount of space on a surface that something needs:

The new computer has a smaller footprint.
The footprint of the new Treasury building

specialized business, environment a measurement of the size, effect, etc. of something:

We took the decision to invest in new countries and grow our global footprint.

(Definition of “footprint” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"footprint" in American English

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footprintnoun [ C ]

us /ˈfʊtˌprɪnt/

footprint noun [ C ] (FOOT MARK)

a mark left on a surface by a foot:

There was not a single footprint in the sand.

footprint noun [ C ] (AREA)

the shape on the ground that is covered by something such as a building

(Definition of “footprint” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"footprint" in Business English

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footprintnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfʊtprɪnt/ us

a measurement of the size, effect, etc. that something has:

We took the decision to invest in new countries and grow our global footprint.

WORKPLACE the amount of space taken by something, especially by a computer or other machine on a desk or floor:

The desktop computer comes in a choice of at least five designer colours and has a footprint about a third the area of average PCs.

COMMUNICATIONS the area where the signals are received from a particular satellite:

MTV straddles the world with a satellite footprint that covers five continents.

(Definition of “footprint” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)