What does traffic mean?

Definitions for traffic
ˈtræf ɪktraf·fic

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. traffic(Noun)

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

    Traffic is slow at rush hour.

    Etymology: From trafic, tráfico, traffico

  2. traffic(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From trafic, tráfico, traffico

  3. traffic(Noun)

    Illegal trade or exchange of goods, often drugs.

    Etymology: From trafic, tráfico, traffico

  4. traffic(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From trafic, tráfico, traffico

  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.

    Etymology: From trafic, tráfico, traffico

  6. traffic(Verb)

    To trade meanly or mercenarily; to bargain.

    Etymology: From trafic, tráfico, traffico

  7. traffic(Verb)

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

    Etymology: 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Traffic

    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

  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

How to pronounce traffic?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say traffic in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of traffic in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of traffic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of traffic in a Sentence

  1. John Steinbeck:

    The new American finds his challenge and his love in the traffic-choked streets, skies nested in smog, choking with the acids of industry, the screech of rubber and houses leashed in against one another while the town lets wither a time and die.

  2. Josef Newgarden:

    I think I probably needed another 20 laps or so and some lapped traffic. I think I could have done something with (Hunter-Reay). But it was really tough, i think we were a winning car, so to finish second was bittersweet.

  3. Bernie Sanders:

    Security at our nations airports could be threatened if TSA employees and air traffic controllers are not getting paid, you want a national emergency? 30 million Americans have no health insurance and many more are under-insured.

  4. Reid Hoffman:

    Let's make sure there's only a certain number of cars on the road with a certain number of utilization to make sure the traffic flows in a certain way, as a way we contribute to it.

  5. Marylin Zuniga:

    Marylin Zuniga, a first-year teacher who drew widespread condemnation for assigning Marylin Zuniga young charges the task of writing to Mumia Abu-Jamal, was canned at the meeting of the Orange Board of Education, the Star-Ledger of Newark reported. Even when I heard that the letters were written... because of compassion, you could've written to somebody in a nursing home. - Gloria Stewart, Orange Board of Education, NJ resident Marylin Zuniga, who taught at Forest Street Elementary School, told board members prior to their hasty vote to can Marylin Zuniga that Marylin Zuniga has broad support from around the country, the newspaper reported. There's people around the nation who support me, who believe I need to be reinstated and I believe that I need to be reinstated, my students need me in the classroom. My students have requested that I come back to the classroom. Abu-Jamal, a 61-year-old serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, is a self-styled poet who became a darling of celebrities and activists while on death row. His sentence was later commuted to life without parole, and he was suffering from complications from diabetes when Marylin Zuniga assigned the task. The vote to fire Zuniga occurred after several hours of public speakers, many of whom praised Zuniga for teaching Marylin Zuniga students to have compassion for a man who killed a police officer. Abu-Jamal killed Daniel Faulkner during a routine traffic stop of Abu-Jamal’s brother. At trial, several witnesses reported seeing Abu-Jamal kill Daniel Faulkner, and two witnesses said Abu-Jamal confessed to the killing, saying, I shot the mother --- er, and I hope the mother --- er dies. Although the abrupt vote left meeting attendees unsure of what had happened, Orange Board of Education Superintendent Ronald Lee confirmed that Marylin Zuniga was fired in an email to the Star-Ledger. As this is a personnel issue, I have no further comments on this matter, Orange Superintendent Ronald Lee wrote. Zuniga’s attorney, Alan Levine, told the newspaper Marylin Zuniga is now considering legal action to challenge Marylin Zuniga firing. Several speakers at the meeting, including Essex County Freeholder President Britnee Timberlake, praised Marylin Zuniga.

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