(1)   A computer connected to the internet that maintains a series of web pages on the World Wide Web
"The Israeli web site was damaged by hostile hackers"
(2)   Physical position in relation to the surroundings
"The sites are determined by highly specific sequences of nucleotides"
(3)   The piece of land on which something is located (or is to be located)
"A good site for the school"


(4)   Assign a location to
"The company located some of their agents in Los Angeles"


  1. Sorrow, grief.
    • a1307, Piers Langtoft, Chronicle, read in Thomas Hearne, Peter Langtoft's Chronicle (1725) as reprinted, apparently in facsimile, in The Works of Thomas Hearne, M.A. Volume 3, Peter Langtoft's Chronicle, Volume I, Samuel Bagster (1810) p. 5


  1. The place where anything is fixed; situation; local position; as, the site of a city or of a house.
    • 1613, Richard Moore, Silvester Jourdain, William Crashaw, William Castell, A Plaine Description of the Barmvdas, Now Called Sommer Ilands: With the manner of their discouerie anno 1609...[full title extends to 77 words], W. Welby, p .8,
      A more full and exact description of the Countrie, and Narration of the nature, site, and commodities, together with a true Historie of the great deliuerance of Sir Thomas Gates and his companie vpon them, which was the first discouerie of them.
    • 1705, Robert Plot, The Natural History of Oxford-shire: being an essay towards the natural history of England. The Second Edition with Large Additions and Corections: Also a Short Account of the Author, &c., Charles Brome & John Nicholson, p. 315,
      However, I have taken care in the Map prefix'd to this Essay, to put a Mark for the Site of all Religious Houses, as well as ancient Ways and Fortifications....
    • 1785, Henry Morris, Surgical diseases of the kidney, Lea Brothers and Co, p. 74,
      At the site of its termination in the bladder there was a diverticulum a few centimeters long.
    • 2006, Ernest B Abbott , A Legal Guide to Homeland Security and Emergency Management for State and Local Governments, American Bar Association, ISBN 1590315936, p. 84,
    • EA critical first line of defense for entrance to more semi-public and semi-private areas of the site.
  2. A place fitted or chosen for any certain permanent use or occupation; as, a site for a church.
    • 1716, Samuel Wesley, The history of the Old and New Testament, attempted in verse: And adorn'd with Three Hundred & Thirty Sculptures, John Hooke, p. 192,
      The Town surrender'd soon, the Citadel,/Proud of its Site, do's their Assaults repel/Who e're their Idols cou'd, and them destroy,/For Life he shall the Gen'ral's place enjoy.
    • 1716, John Mortimer, Th. Mortimer, The Whole Art of Husbandry: or, The way of managing and improving of land. Being a...[full title extends to 70 words]...The Second Volume...The Fourth Edition, with Additions, R. Robinson, and G. Mortlock, p. 208
      Having given you an Account of the Site, Form, and other Ornaments of a Garden: I shall proceed to what remains for the beautifying of it, which is Flowers.
    • 2006, Geoff Surratt, Greg Ligon, Warren Bird, The Multi-Site Church Revolution: Being One Church in Many Locations, Zondervan, ISBN 0310270154, p. 7,
      Our first site was the result of a building project that I am told was the first urban redevelopment initiated by a church since "white flight" began in the community surrounding our church.
  3. The posture or position of a thing.
    • 1709, A Preliminary Discourse to the Commonitory of Vincentius Lirinensis Concerning the Rule of Faith, in Defence of the Primitive Fathers read in William Reeves, Tertullian, Marcus Minucius Felix, Vincent, Justin, The Apologies of Justin Martyr, Tertullian, and Minutius Felix in Defence of the Christian Religion...[full title extends to over 50 words], A. and J. Churchill, p. 179,
      And if this be the Shape, and Site, then the Refraction of the Rays coming from above onto the subjacent Ice, being as about Four to Three, they must when coming out of the superior Ice be as about Three to Four.
    • 1724, John Beaumont, Gleanings of Antiquities: containing, I. An Essay for Explaining the Creation and the Deluge, according to the Sense of the Gentiles...[full title extends to over 98 words], W. Taylor, p. 11,
      There is an Agreement ammong all their Authors regarding the Names of the said Times, and their Order, and concerning the Number of the Days in general, and of the Order of the Creation ; but concerning the Site of the Times, that is, in what Month, Day, and in what part of the Year they began, it is not so.
    2006, Ernest B Abbott , A Legal Guide to Homeland Security and Emergency Management for State and Local Governments, American Bar Association, ISBN 1590315936, p. 84,
    • Maintain site setbacks as far as possible from roadways and other routes providing rapid public access.
  4. A computer installation, particularly one associated with an intranet or internet service or telecommunications.
    • 1982, Jack B. Rochester, Perspectives on Information Management: A Critical Selection of Computerworld Feature Articles, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0471869244, p. 433,
      The data may be divided among a data base system's nodes in several ways. In a fully redundant data base system, each data base site contains a complete copy of the entire data base...
    • 1991, V. Yodaiken, K. Ramamritham, Verification of a Reliable Net Protocol, read in J. (Jan) Vytopil (editor), Formal Techniques in Real-Time and Fault-Tolerant Systems: Second International Symposium, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, January 1992: Proceedings, Springer, ISBN 0387550925, p. 208,
      If the site is forced to send a mesage against its will,...we make the site go to an error state, and remain there. Note that the site can fail for other reasons.
    • 2006, Keith J. Dreyer, Pacs: A Guide to the Digital Revolution, Springer, ISBN 0387260102, p. 298,
      The site with the DS3 connection can communicate back to our main network at 45 Mb/s.
  5. A website.
    • 1986, Penguin Putnam Inc. Online, advertisement inside back cover of Howard Pyle The Story of King Arthur and His Knights, Signet Classic (1986), ISBN 0451524888, p. 398,
      Every month you'll get an inside look at our upcoming books and new features on our site.
    • 1992, Publisher's notes on relevant web sites, in front of Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre, Wordsworth Editions (1992), ISBN 1853260207, p. xxvi,
      Voice of the Shuttle:; general site with excellent links to contextual as well as author-specific material.
    • 2006, Doug Addison, Web Site Cookbook, O'Reilly, ISBN 0596101090, p. 248,
      When a new visitor arrives at your site, your web server should log the referring site, which is generally either a search engine or another web site.


  1. To situate or place a building.
    The U.K. government is dusting off an alternative plan to site the center at a military outfit such as Porton Down.
    • 1835, Mining Journal,
      A reassessment of the requirements of the gold mining industry, including uranium production, for the next few years has revealed the urgent necessity for the provision of additional power, and steps have been taken to site and plan a new station.
    • 1872, Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland, Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland, p. 24,
      For this reason it was found convenient to site pump rooms between groups of cargo tanks.
    • 2006, Mark Jaccard, Sustainable Fossil Fuels: The Unusual Suspect in the Quest for Clean And Enduring Energy, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0521861799, p. 22,
      It is difficult to gauge current public attitudes to nuclear power in industrialized countries because there have been few efforts to site and construct new plants in the last twenty years.
    • 2006, The Scotsman (15 Dec 06),
      Fury at plan to site homeless hostel near top Capital school.