traffic
I. noun Usage: often attributive 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 II. verb (trafficked; trafficking) Date: 1540 intransitive verb 1. to carry on traffic 2. to concentrate one's effort or interest; broadly engage, deal <
a writer who often traffics in hyperbole
>
transitive verb 1. a. to travel over <
heavily trafficked highways
>
b. to visit (as a business establishment) as a customer <
a highly trafficked book store
>
2. trade, bartertrafficker noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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