This city has a lot of traffic.
- An example of traffic is people driving in cars.
- An example of traffic is a heavy delay in a railroad system.
- An example of traffic is how many hits a website gets daily.
- transportation of goods for trading
- trading over great distances; commerce
- buying and selling; barter; trade, sometimes, specif., of a wrong or illegal kind: traffic in drugs
- dealings or business (with someone)
- the movement or number of automobiles along a street, pedestrians along a sidewalk, ships using a port, etc.
- the automobiles, pedestrians, ships, etc. so moving
- the number of passengers, quantity of freight, etc. carried by a transportation company during a given period
- the volume of telegrams, calls, etc. transmitted by a communications company during a given period
- the number of potential customers entering a retail store during a given period
Origin of trafficFrench trafic ; from Italian traffico ; from trafficare, to trade ; from Classical Latin trans, across + Italian ficcare, to thrust in, bring ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form figicare, intensive for Classical Latin figere: see finish
- to carry on traffic, esp. illegal trade (in a commodity)
- to have traffic, trade, or dealings (with someone)
- a. The passage of people or vehicles along routes of transportation.b. Vehicles or pedestrians in transit: heavy traffic on the turnpike; stopped oncoming traffic to let the children cross.
- a. The commercial exchange of goods; trade.b. Illegal or improper commercial activity: drug traffic on city streets. See Synonyms at business.
- a. The business of moving passengers and cargo through a transportation system.b. The amount of cargo or number of passengers conveyed.
- a. The conveyance of messages or data through a system of communication: routers that manage Internet traffic.b. Messages or data conveyed through such a system: a tremendous amount of telephone traffic on Mother's Day; couldn't download the file due to heavy Internet traffic.
- Social or verbal exchange; communication: refused further traffic with the estranged friend.
intransitive verbtraf·ficked, traf·fick·ing, traf·fics
Origin of trafficFrench trafic, from Old French trafique, from Old Italian traffico, from trafficare, to trade, perhaps from Catalan trafegar, to decant, from Vulgar Latin *transfaecare : trans-, trans- + faex, faec-, dregs; see feces.
- 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.
(third-person singular simple present traffics, present participle trafficking, simple past and past participle trafficked)
traffic - Computer Definition
The total volume of cells, blocks, frames, packets, calls, messages, or other units of data carried over a circuit or network, or processed through a switch, router, or other system.
Data transmitted over a network. Traffic is a very general term and typically refers to overall network usage at a given moment. However, it can refer to specific transactions, messages, records or users in any kind of data or telephone network. See PPS.