the position or location of a town, building, etc., especially as to its environment: the site of our summer cabin.
the area or exact plot of ground on which anything is, has been, or is to be located: the site of ancient Troy.
Computers. website.

verb (used with object), sit·ed, sit·ing.

to place in or provide with a site; locate.
to put in position for operation, as artillery: to site a cannon.

Origin of site

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin situs position, arrangement, site (presumably orig. “leaving, setting down”), equivalent to si-, variant stem of sinere to leave, allow to be + -tus suffix of v. action
Related formsin·ter·site, adjectivere·site, verb (used with object), re·sit·ed, re·sit·ing.
Can be confusedcite sight site

Synonyms for site Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for site

Contemporary Examples of site

Historical Examples of site

  • No doubt the site of this early structure has long ago been submerged.

  • The site for his house had been selected and the cellar was being excavated.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • It stands upon a site which has been consecrated to the service of God for many centuries.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • On the site of British earthworks the Romans established their camps.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • Some have been pulled down entirely, and the site used for gaols or barracks.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

British Dictionary definitions for site



  1. the piece of land where something was, is, or is intended to be locateda building site; archaeological site
  2. (as modifier)site office
an internet location where information relating to a specific subject or group of subjects can be accessed


(tr) to locate, place, or install (something) in a specific place

Word Origin for site

C14: from Latin situs situation, from sinere to be placed
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Word Origin and History for site

"place or position occupied by something," especially with reference to environment, late 14c., from Anglo-French site, Old French site "place, site; position," and directly from Latin situs "a place, position, situation, location, station; idleness, sloth, inactivity; forgetfulness; the effects of neglect," from past participle of sinere "let, leave alone, permit," from PIE *si-tu-, from root *tkei- "to settle, dwell, be home" (see home (n.)).


"to give a location to, place," 1590s, from site (n.). Related: Sited; siting.

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site in Medicine




A place; a location.


To locate or situate at a site.
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