1. the position or location of a town, building, etc., especially as to its environment: the site of our summer cabin.
  2. the area or exact plot of ground on which anything is, has been, or is to be located: the site of ancient Troy.
  3. Computers. website.
verb (used with object), sit·ed, sit·ing.
  1. to place in or provide with a site; locate.
  2. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for siting

Contemporary Examples of siting

Historical Examples of siting

  • This method of siting trenches was much favoured by the Germans at the time.

    A Company of Tanks

    W. H. L. Watson

  • This alteration in the siting of the trenches demanded the construction of an enormous number of dug-outs.

  • "I'm quite all right," said Betty with a forced smile, siting up very straight.

    Exit Betty

    Grace Livingston Hill

  • The trenches were therefore wholly unsuitable both in construction and siting for the purpose for which they were now required.

  • On passing out, the first object that met his view was his faithful follower Black Bill, siting at the entrance.

    Fire Cloud

    Samuel Fletcher

British Dictionary definitions for siting


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



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

siting in Medicine


  1. A place; a location.
  1. To locate or situate at a site.
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