Definitions for trafficˈtræf ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

traf•ficˈtræf ɪk(n.; v.)-ficked, -fick•ing.

  1. (n.)the movement of vehicles, ships, aircraft, persons, etc., in an area or over a route.

    Category: Transportation

  2. the vehicles, persons, etc., moving in an area or over a route.

    Category: Transportation

  3. the transportation of goods for the purpose of trade, by sea, land, or air:

    ships of traffic.

    Category: Transportation

  4. trade; buying and selling; commercial dealings.

  5. trade between different countries or places; commerce.

  6. the business done by a railroad or other carrier in the transportation of freight or passengers.

  7. the aggregate of freight, passengers, telephone or telegraph messages, etc., handled, esp. in a given period.

    Category: Transportation, Telegraphy and Telephony

  8. communication, dealings, or contact between persons or groups.

  9. mutual exchange or communication:

    traffic in ideas.

  10. trade in some specific commodity or service, often of an illegal nature:

    drug traffic.

  11. (v.i.)to carry on traffic, trade, or commercial dealings.

  12. to trade or deal in a specific commodity or service, often of an illegal nature (usu. fol. by in):

    to traffic in opium.

Origin of traffic:

1495–1505; earlier traffyk < MF trafique (n.), trafiquer (v.) < It traffico (n.), trafficare (v.)

traf′fic•less(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. traffic(noun)

    the aggregation of things (pedestrians or vehicles) coming and going in a particular locality during a specified period of time

  2. traffic(noun)

    buying and selling; especially illicit trade

  3. traffic(noun)

    the amount of activity over a communication system during a given period of time

    "heavy traffic overloaded the trunk lines"; "traffic on the internet is lightest during the night"

  4. dealings, traffic(verb)

    social or verbal interchange (usually followed by `with')

  5. traffic(verb)

    deal illegally

    "traffic drugs"

  6. traffic(verb)

    trade or deal a commodity

    "They trafficked with us for gold"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. traffic(noun)ˈtræf ɪk

    all the vehicles using the roads in an area

    heavy traffic; traffic information

  2. trafficˈtræf ɪk

    all transportation from one place to another

    air traffic

  3. trafficˈtræf ɪk

    the illegal buying and selling of goods or weapons

    illicit traffic in narcotic drugs

  4. trafficˈtræf ɪk

    the transfer of information by electronic means

    online traffic

Wiktionary

  1. traffic(Noun)

    Pedestrians or vehicles on roads, or the flux or passage thereof.

    Traffic is slow at rush hour.

  2. traffic(Noun)

    Commercial transportation or exchange of goods, or the movement of passengers or people.

  3. traffic(Noun)

    Illegal trade or exchange of goods, often drugs.

  4. traffic(Noun)

    Exchange or flux of information, messages or data, as in a computer or telephone network.

  5. traffic(Verb)

    To pass goods and commodities from one person to another for an equivalent in goods or money; to buy or sell goods; to barter; to trade.

  6. traffic(Verb)

    To trade meanly or mercenarily; to bargain.

  7. traffic(Verb)

    To exchange in traffic; to effect by a bargain or for a consideration.

  8. Origin: From trafic, tráfico, traffico

Webster Dictionary

  1. Traffic(verb)

    to pass goods and commodities from one person to another for an equivalent in goods or money; to buy or sell goods; to barter; to trade

  2. Traffic(verb)

    to trade meanly or mercenarily; to bargain

  3. Traffic(verb)

    to exchange in traffic; to effect by a bargain or for a consideration

  4. Traffic

    commerce, either by barter or by buying and selling; interchange of goods and commodities; trade

  5. Traffic

    commodities of the market

  6. Traffic

    the business done upon a railway, steamboat line, etc., with reference to the number of passengers or the amount of freight carried

Freebase

  1. Traffic

    Traffic on roads may consist of pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, streetcars and other conveyances, either singly or together, while using the public way for purposes of travel. Traffic laws are the laws which govern traffic and regulate vehicles, while rules of the road are both the laws and the informal rules that may have developed over time to facilitate the orderly and timely flow of traffic. Organized traffic generally has well-established priorities, lanes, right-of-way, and traffic control at intersections. Traffic is formally organized in many jurisdictions, with marked lanes, junctions, intersections, interchanges, traffic signals, or signs. Traffic is often classified by type: heavy motor vehicle; other vehicle; and pedestrian. Different classes may share speed limits and easement, or may be segregated. Some jurisdictions may have very detailed and complex rules of the road while others rely more on drivers' common sense and willingness to cooperate. Organization typically produces a better combination of travel safety and efficiency. Events which disrupt the flow and may cause traffic to degenerate into a disorganized mess include: road construction, collisions and debris in the roadway. On particularly busy freeways, a minor disruption may persist in a phenomenon known as traffic waves. A complete breakdown of organization may result in traffic congestion and gridlock. Simulations of organized traffic frequently involve queuing theory, stochastic processes and equations of mathematical physics applied to traffic flow.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'traffic' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1807

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'traffic' in Written Corpus Frequency: #728

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'traffic' in Nouns Frequency: #701


Translations for traffic

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

traffic(noun)

vehicles, aircraft, ships etc moving about

There's a lot of traffic on the roads / on the river.

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