[foo t-ij]


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 formsun·der·foot·age, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for footage

flick, picture, cinema, show, dailies, rushes, talkie, silent, photoplay

Examples from the Web for footage

Contemporary Examples of footage

Historical Examples of footage

  • 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."

  • 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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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