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  1. traf·fic
  2. noun

    • 1. vehicles moving on a road or public highway:

      a stream of heavy traffic
      Synonym : vehicles, cars, trucks, lorries
    • 2. the movement of other forms of transportation or of pedestrians:

      managing the air traffic was a mammoth task
    • 3. the transportation of goods or passengers:

      the increased use of railroads for goods traffic
      Synonym : transport, transportation, movement of goods/people, freight, shipping, conveyancing
    • 4. the messages or signals transmitted through a communications system:

      data traffic between remote workstations
    • 5. the action of dealing or trading in something illegal:

      the traffic in stolen cattle
      Synonym : trade, trading, trafficking, dealing, commerce, business, peddling, buying and selling, smuggling, bootlegging, market, black market, dealings, transactions, negotiations, proceedings
    • 6. dealings or communication between people.


    • 1. deal or trade in something illegal:

      the government will vigorously pursue individuals who traffic in drugs
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: traffic

    • noun

      vehicles moving on a public highway:

      the movement of ships, trains, aircraft, or pedestrians:

    • verb

      deal or trade in something illegal:
    • noun

      a pattern in the air above an airport of permitted lanes for aircraft to follow after takeoff or prior to landing.

      the characteristic distribution of traffic on a route:

    • noun

      a small raised area in the middle of a road which provides a safe place for pedestrians to stand and marks a division between two opposing streams of traffic.
    • noun

      a line of road traffic at or near a standstill because of road construction, an accident, or heavy congestion.
    • noun

      a sign conveying information, an instruction, or a warning to drivers.
    • noun

      a court of law dealing with traffic law violations, such as speeding or drunk driving:
    • noun

      a set of automatically operated colored lights, typically red, amber, and green, for controlling traffic at road junctions and crosswalks.
    • noun

      the deliberate slowing of traffic in residential areas by building speed bumps or other obstructions:
    • noun

      a road junction at which traffic moves in one direction round a central island to reach one of the roads converging on it.
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