Etymology
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footage (n.)

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

updated on December 26, 2021

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Definitions of footage from WordNet

footage (n.)
film that has been shot;
they had stock footage of lightning, tornados, and hurricanes
he edited the news footage
footage (n.)
a rate of charging by the linear foot of work done;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.