[ noun ] a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface; a clue that someone was present
"the police made casts of the footprints in the soft earth outside the window"
Used in print(Helen Hooven Santmyer, "There Were Fences"...)
The hoofmarks of cattle and the prints of bare feet in the mud or in the dust were as numerous as the traces of shod horses .
[ noun ] a trace suggesting that something was once present or felt or otherwise important
"the footprints of an earlier civilization"
[ noun ] the area taken up by some object
"the computer had a desktop footprint of 10 by 16 inches"