Traffic definition

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Of or having to do with traffic.

A traffic violation, traffic manager.

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Traffic is defined as vehicles or people in the vehicles, a delay that involves transportation or movement through a designated location.

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.

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The commercial exchange of goods; trade.
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The passage of people or vehicles along routes of transportation.
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Vehicles or pedestrians in transit.

Heavy traffic on the turnpike; stopped oncoming traffic to let the children cross.

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Social or verbal exchange; communication.

Refused further traffic with the estranged friend.

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Illegal or improper commercial activity.

Drug traffic on city streets.

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The business of moving passengers and cargo through a transportation system.
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The amount of cargo or number of passengers conveyed.
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The conveyance of messages or data through a system of communication.

Routers that manage Internet traffic.

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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.

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Transportation of goods for trading.
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Trading over great distances; commerce.
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The movement or number of automobiles along a street, pedestrians along a sidewalk, ships using a port, etc.
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The automobiles, pedestrians, ships, etc. so moving.
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To carry on traffic, esp. illegal trade (in a commodity)
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To have traffic, trade, or dealings (with someone)
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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.
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Pedestrians or vehicles on roads, or the flux or passage thereof.

Traffic is slow at rush hour.

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Commercial transportation or exchange of goods, or the movement of passengers or people.
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Illegal trade or exchange of goods, often drugs.
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Exchange or flux of information, messages or data, as in a computer or telephone network.
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(intransitive) 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.
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(intransitive) To trade meanly or mercenarily; to bargain.
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To exchange in traffic; to effect by a bargain or for a consideration.
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To carry on trade or other dealings.

Trafficked in liquidation merchandise; traffic with gangsters.

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Buying and selling; barter; trade, sometimes, specif., of a wrong or illegal kind.

Traffic in drugs.

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Dealings or business (with someone)
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The number of passengers, quantity of freight, etc. carried by a transportation company during a given period.
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The volume of telegrams, calls, etc. transmitted by a communications company during a given period.
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The number of potential customers entering a retail store during a given period.
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Origin of traffic

  • French trafic from Old French trafique from Old Italian traffico from trafficare to trade perhaps from Catalan trafegar to decant from Vulgar Latin trānsfaecāre trāns- trans- faex faec- dregs feces

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French trafique (“traffic"), from Italian traffico (“traffic") from Italian trafficare (“to carry on trade"). Potentially from Vulgar Latin *transfricare (“to rub across").

    From Wiktionary