Meaning of TRAFFIC in English



Pronunciation: ' tra-fik

Function: noun

Usage: often attrib

Etymology: Middle French trafique, from Old Italian traffico, from trafficare to trade in coastal waters

Date: 1549

1 a : import and export trade b : the business of bartering or buying and selling c : illegal or disreputable usually commercial activity <the drug traffic >

2 a : communication or dealings especially between individuals or groups b : EXCHANGE <a lively traffic in ideas ― F. L. Allen>

3 archaic : WARES , GOODS

4 a (1) : the movement (as of vehicles or pedestrians) through an area or along a route (2) : the vehicles, pedestrians, ships, or planes moving along a route (3) : congestion of vehicles <stuck in traffic > b : the information or signals transmitted over a communications system : MESSAGES

5 a : the passengers or cargo carried by a transportation system b : the business of transporting passengers or freight

6 : the volume of customers visiting a business establishment <restaurant traffic >

7 : a concentration of participants or players and especially defensive players <force difficult shots in traffic >

synonyms see BUSINESS

– the traffic will bear : existing conditions will allow or permit <charge what the traffic will bear >

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.