[foo t-ij]
  1. length or extent in feet: the footage of lumber.
  2. Mining.
    1. payment by the running foot of work done.
    2. the amount so paid.
  3. 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. 2018

Related Words for footages

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

British Dictionary definitions for footages


  1. 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 footages



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.

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