4 [uncountable]the act of finding the position of something:
The main problem for engineers was the location of underground rivers in the area.
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: position, place, location, where, therePlaceis a very general word for talking about where something or someone is• the place where they live • Put this in a safe place.Positioncan be used to talk about the place where something is in relation to other things or places• the position of the table in the roomLocation is used mainly in formal or business English to talk about where a building is• a house in a central location • the location of the new headquartersIn ordinary spoken English, it is more usual to use words like where, there, somewhere, anywhereto talk about the place where something or someone is• This is where (NOT the place where) I live. • My shoes were in the hall but they're not there (NOT in that place) now.• Let's have lunch somewhere different (NOT in a different place) today. ➔ See alsoposition
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.