Definition of site in English:



  • 1An area of ground on which a town, building, or monument is constructed.

    ‘the proposed site of a hydroelectric dam’
    ‘the concrete is mixed on site’
    • ‘It was told converting the building would add vitality to an area currently suffering from a number of empty sites and buildings.’
    • ‘On the site of the demolished buildings he plans to build 63 apartments in three blocks.’
    • ‘Work will begin this summer on consolidating many of the buildings on the site, all of which have ancient monument status.’
    • ‘Draw or paint a Building, Monument or a site of historical interest in your area.’
    • ‘One day four town councillors visited the site, viewing the building from the outside.’
    • ‘Some roads are already built and construction of buildings on the site is imminent.’
    • ‘She said a house was being built next door on a site where a medieval building had once stood.’
    • ‘Historical monuments, sites and buildings also came under the scrutinising eye of the engineers preparing the draft plan.’
    • ‘Until the structure changes we cannot get on site and start building.’
    • ‘Maps noted significant sites and buildings in the town instead of street names.’
    • ‘The proposed site for the new building should not involve losing any existing public car parking.’
    • ‘Dump trucks carry construction crews and equipment to nearby sites, where futuristic buildings reach skyward.’
    • ‘The plan is to build a five-floor building on the site of the partly demolished Irwell Mill.’
    • ‘East Riding councillors last week backed plans to demolish the Victorian buildings on the site and construct new offices.’
    • ‘They are urging planners to tighten controls to prevent developers from building on greenland sites in the area.’
    • ‘Construction recently commenced on the site and the building is due to be completed within the next 6 months’
    • ‘The monument stands on the site of one of the towns, Khatyn, which burned to the ground in 1943.’
    • ‘The group is seeking planning permission on several sites and will begin building on others.’
    • ‘The new facility will be attached to the main school building and constructed on the site of the present youth club.’
    • ‘The university is hoping to build a science park and associated buildings on the site to form a third campus.’
    plot, lot, area
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    1. 1.1 A place where a particular event or activity is occurring or has occurred.
      ‘the site of the Battle of Flodden’
      • ‘They allow unlimited travel on all trains and access to all event sites on the railway.’
      • ‘They now intend seeking permission to retain and continue using the landfill site at Emo Park.’
      • ‘The number to call is posted as close as possible to the site where the events took place.’
      • ‘They uncovered a string of Bronze Age burial sites, Iron Age villages and an early Christian cemetery.’
      • ‘Stringent insurance cover now means that many events require ambulances on site as well as first aiders.’
      • ‘It is hoped that 1,600 tonnes of garden waste, which would normally find its way into landfill sites, will be turned into compost.’
      • ‘Households in Wiltshire produce around 250,000 tonnes of household rubbish that currently goes into the county's landfill sites.’
      • ‘Although no longer as central as they once were, these plazas are still important as sites of social activity.’
      • ‘Amid the hurried activity at the school site, witnesses said a suspected kidnapper was attacked by a mob.’
      • ‘Anyone interested in offering a site for the event should contact any member of the association.’
      • ‘All of the 650 items up for auction were sold with a huge turnout on site for the Wednesday event.’
      • ‘In the event, 57 farms sites were infected before the first case was diagnosed.’
      • ‘The next night the police came and closed the site due to alleged criminal activity at the site.’
      • ‘Some parts of the UK are running out of space for landfill sites and, where they do exist, they are understandably disliked by the local population.’
      • ‘Exeter designer Colin Lovekin wants to rescue old supermarket shopping trolleys from landfill sites and canals.’
      • ‘The Government wants the use of environmentally-damaging landfill sites cut, and it has set targets across the country.’
      • ‘School trips to urban farms, ancient sites and country parks already take place but more could be done.’
      • ‘Part of the money will be spent on sprucing up areas used by the public, including car parks, picnic sites and paths.’
      location, place, position, situation, locality, whereabouts, locale, spot, scene, setting
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    2. 1.2
      as modifier ‘site visits’
      short for building site
      • ‘Panel members and planning officers are due to make a site visit in Otley from 10.15 am.’
      • ‘Council officers were taking part in a site visit - and the locals turned out in force.’
      • ‘Ken Attree, 56, a site manager with the firm, said he was on a site visit on Monday morning when he received a call to say he had won.’
      • ‘Environmental protection officers were visiting the site today to find out if a seal of the tip had been disturbed.’
      • ‘Many children see sites as adventure playgrounds and are completely unaware of entering a site that is extremely dangerous.’
      • ‘Planning officers are not expected to prepare a report for councillors before late October and a site visit would follow.’
      • ‘Earlier this week a council planning enforcement officer visited the site and said that the billboards were not authorised.’
      • ‘A Pembrokeshire County Council enforcement officer visited the site and advised the company to stop work.’
      • ‘Nigel Williams, a council enforcement officer, visited the site in mid-May and found no action had been taken.’
      • ‘Agency officers visited the site and found evidence that a scrapyard was operating.’
      • ‘Members of the planning committee will meet for a site visit on August 22.’
      • ‘A site office was established with members from both towns.’
      • ‘Each site visit was approximately two days long and was conducted by two researchers.’
      • ‘The property committee visited the site last Thursday before making its decision.’
      • ‘She said an officer had visited the site and concluded that there was no nuisance problem at the moment.’
      • ‘Most weeks involve a site visit, and this week is no exception.’
      • ‘The authority confirmed that environmental health officers had visited the site last week.’
      • ‘Last night committee members decided a new application should be deferred and a site visit carried out.’
      • ‘They organised a petition, lobbied councillors and attended a site visit.’
      • ‘The move followed a site visit in connection with a planning application for a porch at Spindles Restaurant on Lakes Road.’
    3. 1.3
      short for campsite or caravan site
      • ‘Sure enough, there were quantities of visitors around the site and caravans and campers parked nearby.’
      • ‘A regular at The Ferry for many years, Steven spent most weekends at his caravan, on a site next to the pub.’
      • ‘As we were walking about looking for the campsite we approached a site where the campers were clearly in a panic of some sort.’
      • ‘He says it would address the shortage of travellers' sites in Sevenoaks district.’
      • ‘At least three permanent travellers' sites are likely to be needed across Colchester to cope with demand.’
      • ‘The fire was discovered by campers from the site behind the pub who had risen early to leave.’
  • 2A website.

    ‘the site has no ads and is not being promoted with banners’
    ‘some servers use cookies to track users from site to site’
    • ‘Now that you have made it possible to create a Weblog, return to your site's home page.’
    • ‘Personal home pages and business sites have in recent years been accruing at a rate of hundreds of thousands a day.’
    • ‘Police can already scour chat rooms and internet sites and will examine computer records for evidence.’
    • ‘External links may well be driven off the home pages as sites become larger and more complex.’
    • ‘Find out how many visitors abandon the site after accessing the home page only.’
    • ‘Community sites aren't blogs, although blogging may be inside them.’
    • ‘Free extras include a weekly email newsletter and thumbnails to add to your own site or blog.’
    • ‘There needs to be URL blocking of spyware sites, and spyware should be in antivirus signature databases.’
    • ‘Search engines sites have always been free to anyone with Internet access.’
    • ‘There are many places to order your RAM, from your local computer store to online sites.’
    • ‘Check online for sites selling refurbished laptops or check your local dealer.’
    • ‘New techniques allow criminal hackers to compromise legitimate sites to download malware to your computer.’
    • ‘Most of the free blog sites only let you upload graphics’
    • ‘Many online sites need verified logins, they are actively managed gaming environments.’
    • ‘Links get put on blogs because there is content on a particular site that the blog owner wishes to share.’
    • ‘A Google search revealed numerous cases of sites across the internet that are offering to sell illegal goods.’
    • ‘The only way to be infected is to download software from illegal sites.’
    • ‘Spanish Web site operators have taken their sites offline in protest at government proposals to regulate online content.’
    • ‘While antivirus software vendor sites are not obligated to conform to any virus-naming convention, most do.’
    • ‘I've been blogging on other sites for over five years now, and know how reactionary we bloggers can be.’


  • with object and adverbial of place Fix or build (something) in a particular place.

    ‘the rectory is sited behind the church’
    • ‘There are concerns about siting a new hall on the recreation field and uncertainty the current building needs as much work as is suggested.’
    • ‘In countries that have been quicker to adopt wind energy, it is notable that they are siting new turbines off-shore.’
    • ‘Bosses at Flamingo Land are facing legal action for siting caravans at the park without seeking permission.’
    • ‘Other schemes have been dictated by the resale value of the land on which the building was sited.’
    • ‘A barbeque area and several picnic tables are sited close to the main car park.’
    • ‘The caravan was sited so that they could see straight into our lounge and kitchen every time they came in and out of the door.’
    • ‘She added that recent reports said there was no scientific basis for siting masts away from areas used by the public.’
    • ‘Leisure lodges are finished in wood cladding or wood effect to blend with the countryside where they are sited.’
    • ‘Factories were henceforth sited near coal mines and large towns grew up to house the factory workers.’
    • ‘What are the most important factors when siting a small garden pond?’
    • ‘Some residents are concerned that new bus stops being sited outside their homes will bring noise and disruption.’
    • ‘Siting new power lines is fraught with even more resistance than siting a new power plant.’
    • ‘The city is sited at the foot of the Port Hills and when there is little wind a pall of smog lies over the city in winter.’
    • ‘Mr Clegg, 82, has lived just around the corner from where the camera is sited for 49 years.’
    • ‘So many competing radiation sources are sited close to each other that pinpointing any risk is problematic.’
    • ‘The car park and signpost for the fishery are sited on a severe right hand bend.’
    • ‘Mr Armistead said Hutchinson had looked at other options for siting the mast, but none were available.’
    • ‘The act of siting a caravan, in the open or within a building, does not, in itself, amount to operational development.’
    • ‘Where are the various recycling bins that were once sited on the main road to the airport near the car park?’
    • ‘We purchased a caravan and two Portakabins and sited them at the Barn.’
    place, put, position, situate, locate, set, install
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Many people confuse the words site and sight. As a noun, site means ‘a place where something is constructed or has occurred’ (the site of the battle; the concrete is mixed on site), while sight chiefly means ‘the faculty or power of seeing’ (he lost his sight as a baby)


Late Middle English (as a noun): from Anglo-Norman French, or from Latin situs ‘local position’. The verb dates from the late 16th century.