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footprint

1. Computing the amount of resources such as disk space and memory, that an application requires
2. 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

Footprint

The projected area of a building or piece of equipment on a horizontal surface.

footprint

[′fu̇t‚print]
(building construction)
A description of the exact size, shape, and location of a building's foundation as the foundation has been installed on a specific site. Also known as building footprint.
(communications)
The area of the earth's surface that can be covered by a communications satellite at any given time.
(computer science)
The amount and shape of the area occupied by equipment, such as a terminal or microcomputer, on desktop, floor, or other surface area.

footprint

The area on a plane directly beneath a structure (or piece of equipment), that has the same perimeter as the structure (or piece of equipment).

footprint

(jargon, hardware)
The floor or desk area taken up by a piece of hardware.

footprint

(jargon, storage)
The amount of disk or RAM taken up by a program or file.

footprint

(3)
(IBM) The audit trail left by a crashed program (often "footprints").

See also toeprint.

footprint

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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You don't have to be a horse person to appreciate Hoofprints in the Sand.
The eight-year-old bids to follow in the hoofprints of Asian Heights last season and St Expedit the previous two years by winning this Group Three contest over an extended one mile and five furlongs.
Shuffling Kid will be aiming to follow in the hoofprints of McMahon's previous winners Seraphina and Nearly A Fool.
MILDENBERGER (Mark Johnston) THE Teofilio colt made a winning return in the Listed Fielden Stakes at Newmarket and could follow in Permian's hoofprints and throw his hat into the Epsom Derby picture.
1855: The "Devil's Footprints" appeared snowbound South Devon - 100 miles of cloven hoofprints, eight inches apart in a single line and measuring four inches by two.
1855: The Devil''s Footprints appeared in snowbound South Devon - 100 miles of cloven hoofprints, eight inches apart in a single line and measuring four inches by two.
The Queen's grand-daughter (above) is aiming to follow in the famous hoofprints of her parents who competed in this team event at previous Olympic Games.
FEAST DAY OF ST TEILO 1855: The "Devil's Footprints" appeared in snowbound South Devon - several long tracks of cloven hoofprints, claimed to add up to 100 miles.
Together 1.55 Newmarket SP forecast 7-4 Aidan O'Brien's juvenile filly is looking to follow in the hoofprints of stablemate Lillie Langtry, who won this sales race last year, and Together could prove to be a class apart from this lot.
Katchit followed in the hoofprints of Detroit City 12 months earlier by supplementing his JCB Triumph Hurdle victory in the John Smith's Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices' Hurdle at Aintree.
DYLAN THOMAS can follow in the hoofprints of Ballydoyle legend Giant's Causeway by lifting the Juddmonte at York.
When Jennet McLeod takes to the road today in the hoofprints of Methodist pioneer John Wesley she will be enjoying two passions.