Definition of traffic in English:

traffic

Line breaks: traf|fic
Pronunciation: /ˈtrafɪk
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1Vehicles moving on a public highway: a stream of heavy traffic
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  • On that night we had reports across the city of burglaries, car crime, public order incidents, domestic violence, road traffic accidents.
  • The bill will also restrict the powers of telecommunications companies to disrupt traffic flow by opening roads for cable laying.
  • The usual emergencies such as fires or road traffic accidents will not elicit a response from these vehicles, even with the crews and fire engines on station.
Synonyms
1.1The movement of ships, trains, aircraft, or pedestrians: Europe’s air traffic
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  • He also stated that the lane was inadequate width, thus preventing two-way vehicular traffic and pedestrian movement.
  • Any major disruption to shipping and air traffic can and will leave us without a supply of food.
  • There is no central verge, though pedestrian and vehicular traffic are heavy especially during evenings.
1.2The transportation of goods or passengers: the increased use of railways for goods traffic
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  • They also agreed to encourage an increase in railway passenger traffic between Sofia and Thessaloniki.
  • After the First World War, passenger numbers declined, as road transport improved but freight traffic remained buoyant.
  • He gave evidence of the transfer of passenger and mail traffic to the railway route through Liverpool.
Synonyms
2The messages or signals transmitted through a communications system: data traffic between remote workstations
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  • This technology transmits broadband traffic over medium voltage power lines.
  • They also showed that on-board systems ignored the Bluetooth traffic generated by an infected mobile phone.
  • A network is operated such that message forwarding traffic is shared among routers in a load-sharing set.
3The action of dealing or trading in something illegal: the traffic in stolen cattle
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  • Drug-dealers earn nigh-on incredible sums from the illegal traffic in drugs.
  • The traffic in illegal drugs is a global problem, and money-laundering schemes take many forms.
  • And those pressures create a lucrative traffic in illegal workers, filling the war chests of criminals.
Synonyms
4 archaic Dealings or communication between people.

verb (traffics, trafficking, trafficked)

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Deal or trade in something illegal: the government will vigorously pursue individuals who traffic in drugs
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  • Thailand is a major market for drugs trafficked from neighboring countries, most notably Myanmar.
  • He catches animals and birds, he traffics in legal and illegal products.
  • And finally, no group trafficked in more illicit liquor than the bootleggers.
Synonyms
trade, deal, do business, peddle, bargain; buy and sell, market, barter; smuggle, bootleg
informal hawk, tout, flog, push, run

Origin

early 16th century (denoting commercial transportation of merchandise or passengers): from French traffique, Spanish tráfico, or Italian traffico, of unknown origin. Sense 1 dates from the early 19th century.

Derivatives

trafficker

noun
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  • When it comes to ways of tackling the drug problem, most Irish people say the answer is to get tougher on dealers and traffickers.
  • The market for human traffickers who buy, cheat or kidnap women and children to work in the booming flesh trade is thriving.
  • We sit here and wax lyrical about drug dealers, drug traffickers, and how they finance terrorism.

trafficless

adjective
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  • Then he turns and points to the road heading straight on, the almost trafficless road heading towards some blue distant hills.
  • I'm thinking the deep inland high deserts and a nice crumbling trafficless farm road are the way to go
  • Based on a startling true story, the show takes us down the trafficless roads and on to the unspoilt paradise beaches of a tiny isolated island in the Bahamas.

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