1. The act or process of locating: Location of the lost hikers took two days.
2. A place where something is or could be located; a site.
3. A site away from a studio at which part or all of a movie is shot: filming a Western on location in the Mexican desert.
4. A tract of land that has been surveyed and marked off.
[Latin locātiō, locātiōn-, a placing, from locātus, past participle of locāre, to place; see LOCATE.]
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