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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
First recorded in 1890-95; foot + -age
Related forms
underfootage, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You'd have to set them in a hole and that takes away some footage.

    Project Mastodon Clifford Donald Simak
  • In fact, they called her a "reel hog" and a "glutton for footage."

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • I got some footage of the tugs grappling the ship, which was now completely weightless, and pulling her down.

    Four-Day Planet Henry Beam Piper
  • This was a familiar task, the same thing I'd done with all the footage and accounts from the riots in the park.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • I cut back to Carrie Johnstone, the footage of her sitting at the board table with Rooney, laughing.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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