traffic

traffic
n. & v.
—n.
1 (often attrib.) a vehicles moving in a public highway, esp. of a specified kind, density, etc. (heavy traffic on the M1; traffic warden). b such movement in the air or at sea.
2 (usu. foll. by in) trade, esp. illegal (the traffic in drugs).
3 a the transportation of goods, the coming and going of people or goods by road, rail, air, sea, etc. b the persons or goods so transported.
4 dealings or communication between people etc. (had no traffic with them).
5 the messages, signals, etc., transmitted through a communications system; the flow or volume of such business.
—v. (trafficked, trafficking)
1 intr. (usu. foll. by in) deal in something, esp. illegally (trafficked in narcotics; traffics in innuendo).
2 tr. deal in; barter.
Phrases and idioms:
traffic circle US a roundabout. traffic cop esp. US colloq. a traffic policeman. traffic island a paved or grassed area in a road to divert traffic and provide a refuge for pedestrians. traffic jam traffic at a standstill because of roadworks, an accident, etc. traffic-light (or -lights or -signal) a usu. automatic signal controlling road traffic esp. at junctions by coloured lights. traffic sign a sign conveying information, a warning, etc., to vehicle-drivers. traffic warden Brit. a uniformed official employed to help control road traffic and esp. parking.
Derivatives:
trafficker n. trafficless adj.
Etymology: F traf(f)ique, Sp. traacutefico, It. traffico, of unkn. orig.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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