the aggregation of things (pedestrians or vehicles) coming and going in a particular locality during a specified period of time
buying and selling; especially illicit trade
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"
social or verbal interchange (usually followed by `with')
trade or deal a commodity
"They trafficked with us for gold"
Pedestrians or vehicles on roads, or the flux or passage thereof.
Traffic is slow at rush hour.
Commercial transportation or exchange of goods, or the movement of passengers or people.
Illegal trade or exchange of goods, often drugs.
Exchange or flux of information, messages or data, as in a computer or telephone network.
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.
To trade meanly or mercenarily; to bargain.
To exchange in traffic; to effect by a bargain or for a consideration.
Origin: From trafic, tráfico, traffico
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
to trade meanly or mercenarily; to bargain
to exchange in traffic; to effect by a bargain or for a consideration
commerce, either by barter or by buying and selling; interchange of goods and commodities; trade
commodities of the market
the business done upon a railway, steamboat line, etc., with reference to the number of passengers or the amount of freight carried
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
traf′ik, n. commerce: large trade: the business done on a railway, &c.—v.i. to trade: to trade meanly.—v.t. to exchange:—pr.p. traff′icking; pa.t. and pa.p. traff′icked.—n. Traff′icker.—adj. Traff′icless.—n. Traff′ic-man′ager, the manager of the traffic on a railway, &c. [O. Fr. trafique; cf. It. trafficare, prob. from L. trans, across, and Low L. vicāre, to exchange—L. vicis, change; not from facĕre, to make.]
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British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'traffic' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1807
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'traffic' in Written Corpus Frequency: #728
Rank popularity for the word 'traffic' in Nouns Frequency: #701
The numerical value of traffic in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of traffic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Life is too short for traffic.
Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn't block traffic.
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous you get knocked down by traffic from both sides.
The 'in the news' modules are potentially an extremely powerful driver of traffic, it could cost news sites traffic.
Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.
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Translations for traffic
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- tràficCatalan, Valencian
- Datenverkehr, Personenverkehr, Verkehr, WarenverkehrGerman
- trata, tráficoSpanish
- liikenne, mustapörssi, tietoliikenne, lentoliikenne, kauppaFinnish
- traite, trafic, circulationFrench
- trafaigScottish Gaelic
- סחר, עומס, תְּנוּעָהHebrew
- viabilità, traffico, trattaItalian
- 取引, トラフィック, 交通, 交信Japanese
- 교통, 交通Korean
- промет, сообраќајMacedonian
- zwarte handel, verkeer, handelDutch
- ferdsel, trafikkNorwegian
- trânsito, tráfego, tráfico, trataPortuguese
- трафик, движение, торговляRussian
- промет, саобраћај, saobraćaj, prometSerbo-Croatian
- handel, trafik, samfärdsel, illegal handel, traffickingSwedish
- seyrüsefer, trafikTurkish
- giao thôngVietnamese
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