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[loh-key-shuh n] /loʊˈkeɪ ʃən/
a place of settlement, activity, or residence:
This town is a good location for a young doctor.
a place or situation occupied:
a house in a fine location.
a tract of land of designated situation or limits:
a mining location.
Movies. a place outside of the studio that is used for filming a movie, scene, etc.
Computers. any position on a register or memory device capable of storing one machine word.
the act of locating; state of being located.
Civil Law. a letting or renting.
on location, Movies. engaged in filming at a place away from the studio, especially one that is or is like the setting of the screenplay:
on location in Rome.
Origin of location
1585-95; < Latin locātiōn- (stem of locātiō) a placing. See locate, -ion
Related forms
locational, adjective
locationally, adverb
interlocation, noun
nonlocation, noun
Can be confused
local, locale, locality, location. Unabridged
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  • Move it into position in the yard, marking with a trowel each corner post's location.
  • Begin by selecting a location for your compost pile.
  • In this way, each tissue type must have the active chromosomes in virtually the same location.
  • Much attention was paid to emergency dispatchers' efforts to pinpoint the location of cell-phone callers a year ago.
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  • Scientists have discovered that the dome serves as a key location for feeding, breeding, and calving.
  • The environmental benefit to moving the material is that it is easier to guard and monitor in a central location.
  • Each of these affects the types of plants you can grow in a particular location.
  • Your location largely determines how well your solar panels work throughout the year.
  • It's possible they will find not a difference in the level of development, but a difference in the location of development.
British Dictionary definitions for location


a site or position; situation
the act or process of locating or the state of being located
a place outside a studio where filming is done: shot on location
(in South Africa)
  1. a Black African or Coloured township, usually located near a small town See also township (sense 4)
  2. (formerly) an African tribal reserve
(computing) a position in a memory capable of holding a unit of information, such as a word, and identified by its address
(Roman law, Scots law) the letting out on hire of a chattel or of personal services
Word Origin
C16: from Latin locātiō, from locāre to place
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for location

"position, place," 1590s, from Latin locationem (nominative locatio), noun of action from past participle stem of locare (see locate); Hollywood sense of "place outside a film studio where a scene is filmed" is from 1914.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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location in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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