Definitions for: Traffic

[n] social or verbal interchange (usually followed by `with')
[n] buying and selling; especially illicit trade
[n] the aggregation of things (pedestrians or vehicles or messages) coming and going in a particular locality
[v] trade or deal a commodity; "They trafficked with us for gold"
[v] deal illegally; "traffic drugs"

Webster (1913) Definition: Traf"fic, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Trafficked; p. pr. &
vb. n. Trafficking.] [F. trafiquer; cf. It. trafficare, Sp.
traficar, trafagar, Pg. traficar, trafegar, trafeguear, LL.
traficare; of uncertain origin, perhaps fr. L. trans across,
over + -ficare to make (see -fy, and cf. G. ["u]bermachen
to transmit, send over, e. g., money, wares); or cf. Pg.
trasfegar to pour out from one vessel into another, OPg.
also, to traffic, perhaps fr. (assumed) LL. vicare to
exchange, from L. vicis change (cf. Vicar).]
1. 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.

2. To trade meanly or mercenarily; to bargain.

Traf"fic, v. t.
To exchange in traffic; to effect by a bargain or for a

Traf"fic, n. [Cf. F. trafic, It. traffico, Sp.
tr['a]fico, tr['a]fago, Pg. tr['a]fego, LL. traficum,
trafica. See Traffic, v.]
1. Commerce, either by barter or by buying and selling;
interchange of goods and commodities; trade.

A merchant of great traffic through the world.

The traffic in honors, places, and pardons.

Note: This word, like trade, comprehends every species of
dealing in the exchange or passing of goods or
merchandise from hand to hand for an equivalent, unless
the business of relating may be excepted. It signifies
appropriately foreign trade, but is not limited to

2. Commodities of the market. [R.]

You 'll see a draggled damsel From Billingsgate her
fishy traffic bear. --Gay.

3. The business done upon a railway, steamboat line, etc.,
with reference to the number of passengers or the amount
of freight carried.

Traffic return, a periodical statement of the receipts for
goods and passengers, as on a railway line.

Traffic taker, a computer of the returns of traffic on a
railway, steamboat line, etc.

Synonyms: dealings

See Also: accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection, commerce, commercialism, commuter traffic, drug traffic, foot traffic, give-and-take, interchange, mercantilism, merchandise, pedestrian traffic, reciprocation, relation, simony, slave trade, slave traffic, trade, vehicle traffic, vehicular traffic

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