A site is a location. The leader of a Zombie Army might remind his underlings: “Your web site is just a collection of pages at one address on the Web. Your burial site is where you find more soldiers!”

Site can also refer to a specific parcel of land, such as a building site or a burial site. Although a website has no physical location, it does have a virtual one, which is reached the same way a physical location is: by going to an address.

Definitions of site
  1. noun
    the piece of land on which something is located (or is to be located)
    “a good site for the school”
    synonyms: land site
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    ground zero
    the site of the World Trade Center before it was destroyed
    the site in Rome containing the church of Rome and the Lateran Palace
    an ancient megalithic monument in southern England; probably used for ritual purposes
    an ancient Mediterranean seaport that was a thriving city state in Phoenicia during the second millennium BC; was the chief port for the export of papyrus; located in Lebanon to the north of Beirut; now partially excavated
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    camp, summer camp
    a site where care and activities are provided for children during the summer months
    (golf) the part of the fairway leading onto the green
    bomb site
    an area in a town that has been devastated by bombs
    bivouac, campground, camping area, camping ground, camping site, campsite, encampment
    a site where people on holiday can pitch a tent
    burial ground, burial site, burying ground, cemetery, graveyard, memorial park, necropolis
    a tract of land used for burials
    archeological site, dig, excavation
    the site of an archeological exploration
    dump, dumpsite, garbage dump, rubbish dump, trash dump, waste-yard, wasteyard
    a piece of land where waste materials are dumped
    the area between the tee and putting green where the grass is cut short
    green, putting green, putting surface
    an area of closely cropped grass surrounding the hole on a golf course
    launching site
    a place for launching pads
    an important site that is marked and preserved as public property
    land and the buildings on it
    the part of a golf course bordering the fairway where the grass is not cut short
    tee, teeing ground
    the starting place for each hole on a golf course
    Superfund site, toxic site, toxic waste area
    a site where toxic wastes have been dumped and the Environmental Protection Agency has designated them to be cleaned up
    day camp
    a camp providing care and activities for children during the daytime
    eitchen midden, kitchen midden, midden
    (archeology) a mound of domestic refuse containing shells and animal bones marking the site of a prehistoric settlement
    garbage heap, junk heap, junk pile, refuse heap, rubbish heap, scrapheap, trash heap, trash pile
    an accumulation of refuse and discarded matter
    toxic dumpsite, toxic waste dump, toxic waste site
    a location where toxic wastes can be or have been disposed of (often illegally)
    market cross
    a cross-shaped monument set up in the marketplace of a town where public business is often conducted
    potter's field
    a cemetery for unknown or indigent people
    orphan site
    a toxic waste area where the polluter could not be identified or the polluter refused to take action or pay for the cleanup
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    parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
    an extended area of land
  2. noun
    physical position in relation to the surroundings
    “the sites are determined by highly specific sequences of nucleotides”
    synonyms: situation
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    active site
    the part of an enzyme or antibody where the chemical reaction occurs
    close quarters
    a situation of being uncomfortably close to someone or something
    the specific site of a particular gene on its chromosome
    locus of infection
    the specific site in the body where an infection originates
    restriction site
    the specific sites at which a restriction enzyme will cleave DNA
    antigenic determinant, determinant, epitope
    the site on the surface of an antigen molecule to which an antibody attaches itself
    type of:
    place, position
    the particular portion of space occupied by something
  3. noun
    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”
    synonyms: internet site, web site, website
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    chat room, chatroom
    a site on the internet where a number of users can communicate in real time (typically one dedicated to a particular topic)
    portal, portal site
    a site that the owner positions as an entrance to other sites on the internet
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    computer, computing device, computing machine, data processor, electronic computer, information processing system
    a machine for performing calculations automatically
  4. verb
    assign a location to
    synonyms: locate, place
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    place, post, send, station
    assign to a station
Commonly confused words

cite / site / sight

All are good for research papers: cite is short for citation, site is a place, and sight is what your eyeballs are for. The Web has a lot to answer for, good and bad. One item in the minus column is the increased popularity of site and people throwing these sound-alikes all over the place!

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