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Traffic Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    traffic n
  1. the aggregation of things (pedestrians or vehicles) coming and going in a particular locality during a specified period of time
  2. buying and selling; especially illicit trade
  3. the amount of activity over a communication system during a given period of time; "heavy traffic overloaded the trunk lines"; "traffic on the internet is lightest during the night"
  4. social or verbal interchange (usually followed by `with') [syn: dealings] v
  5. deal illegally; "traffic drugs"
  6. trade or deal a commodity; "They trafficked with us for gold" [also: trafficking, trafficked]
Traffic Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Traffic \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. --Shak. The traffic in honors, places, and pardons. --Macaulay. 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 that.
Traffic Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Traffic \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.
Traffic Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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    Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Traffic'

    Traffic on roads may consist of pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, streetcars and other conveyances, either singly or together, while using the public way for purposes of travel. Traffic laws are the laws which govern traffic and regulate vehicles, while rules of the road are both the laws and the informal rules that may have developed over time to facilitate the orderly and timely flow of traffic.

    Organized traffic generally has well-established priorities, lanes, right-of-way, and traffic control at intersections.

    Traffic is formally organized in many jurisdictions, with marked lanes, junctions, intersections, interchanges, traffic signals, or signs. Traffic is often classified by type: heavy motor vehicle (e.g., car, truck); other vehicle (e.g., moped, bicycle); and pedestrian. Different classes may share speed limits and easement, or may be segregated. Some jurisdictions may have very detailed and complex rules of the road while others rely more on drivers' common sense and willingness to cooperate.

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    * We have the means to change the laws we find unjust or onerous. We cannot, as citizens, pick and choose the laws we will or will not obey. (On dismissing 12,000 striking air traffic controllers) - Ronald Reagan

    * Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams. - Mary Ellen Kelly

    * Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous you get knocked down by traffic from both sides. - Margaret Hilda Thatcher

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