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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Footprint  \Foot"print`\,  n. 
  The  impression  of  the  foot;  a  trace  or  footmark;  as 
  ``Footprints  of  the  Creator.'' 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  footprint 
  n  :  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"  [syn:  {footmark},  {step}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  footprint  n.  1.  The  floor  or  desk  area  taken  up  by  a  piece  of 
  hardware.  2.  [IBM]  The  audit  trail  (if  any)  left  by  a  crashed 
  program  (often  in  plural,  `footprints').  See  also  {toeprint}.  3. 
  "RAM  footprint":  The  minimum  amount  of  RAM  which  an  OS  or  other  program 
  takes  this  figure  gives  one  an  idea  of  how  much  will  be  left  for  other 
  applications.  How  actively  this  RAM  is  used  is  another  matter  entirely. 
  Recent  tendencies  to  featuritis  and  software  bloat  can  expand  the  RAM 
  footprint  of  an  OS  to  the  point  of  making  it  nearly  unusable  in  practice. 
  [This  problem  is  thankfully,  limited  to  operating  systems  so  stupid 
  that  they  don't  do  virtual  memory  -  ESR] 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  footprint 
 
  1.    The  floor  or  desk  area  taken  up  by  a 
  piece  of  hardware. 
 
  2.    The  amount  of  {disk}  or  {RAM}  taken  up  by 
  a  program  or  file. 
 
  3.  ({IBM})  The  {audit  trail}  left  by  a  crashed  program  (often 
  "footprints"). 
 
  See  also  {toeprint}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1995-04-25) 
 
 




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