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[foo t-ij] /ˈfʊt ɪdʒ/
length or extent in feet:
the footage of lumber.
  1. payment by the running foot of work done.
  2. the amount so paid.
a motion-picture scene or scenes:
newsreel footage; jungle footage.
Origin of footage
1890-95; foot + -age
Related forms
underfootage, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for footage
  • They shot some footage and took notes on the lionfish's location and habitat.
  • Imagine the theories these folks would have come up with had their not been actual footage of the planes hitting the buildings.
  • Other footage shows protesters who were a step too slow and were pushed under the vehicles.
  • It covers the band's history and includes some extraordinary footage of their shows.
  • The parodies have proliferated precisely because the footage they're based on is already unintentionally ridiculous.
  • By dawn, news helicopters were capturing live footage of the disaster.
  • It's a mix of lab climbs and footage from the wild, with an evolutionary tree of birds.
  • And if someone kindly suggests trying to shape their footage into a narrative, the parents are outraged.
  • There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of pictures and footage of strange objects without explanation.
  • She also shot a million feet of footage, which is a lot of film and film costs money.
British Dictionary definitions for footage


a length or distance measured in feet
  1. the extent of film material shot and exposed
  2. the sequences of filmed material
  1. payment, by the linear foot of work done
  2. the amount paid
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Word Origin and History for footage

1892, "piece work system to pay miners;" 1916, "the length of film used in a scene, etc.," from foot (n.) as a measure of length + -age.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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