• Trade pictograph
    Trade pictograph
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v trade do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood "She deals in gold","The brothers sell shoes"
    • v trade exchange or give (something) in exchange for
    • v trade turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase "trade in an old car for a new one"
    • v trade engage in the trade of "he is merchandising telephone sets"
    • v trade be traded at a certain price or under certain conditions "The stock traded around $20 a share"
    • n trade the skilled practice of a practical occupation "he learned his trade as an apprentice"
    • n trade the commercial exchange (buying and selling on domestic or international markets) of goods and services "Venice was an important center of trade with the East","they are accused of conspiring to constrain trade"
    • n trade the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers "even before noon there was a considerable patronage"
    • n trade an equal exchange "we had no money so we had to live by barter"
    • n trade a particular instance of buying or selling "it was a package deal","I had no further trade with him","he's a master of the business deal"
    • n trade people who perform a particular kind of skilled work "he represented the craft of brewers","as they say in the trade"
    • n trade steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator "they rode the trade winds going west"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Trade. Dakota Trade. Dakota
Settlers trading with the Indians—bartering casting counters and other trade goods for furs. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Settlers trading with the Indians—bartering casting counters and other trade goods for furs. (Conjectural sketch by...
Brass casting counters excavated on Jamestown Island. Many were made in Germany before 1575 for use by merchants on counting boards. In the New World they were used for the Indian trade Brass casting counters excavated on Jamestown Island. Many were made in Germany before 1575 for use by merchants on...
A few objects unearthed at Jamestown which were used for trading with the Indians. Shown are glass beads, scissors, iron knives, a hatchet, and bell fragments A few objects unearthed at Jamestown which were used for trading with the Indians. Shown are glass beads, scissors,...
Cost What They Will, Trade With Me--4-07-420 Cost What They Will, Trade With Me--4-07-420
The Overture for Trade. 144 The Overture for Trade. 144

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Before the fur trade had started in Canada, it was estimated that there were over 6 million beavers
    • Trade imp. of Tread. "On burnished hooves his war-horse trode ."
    • Trade A company of men engaged in the same occupation; thus, booksellers and publishers speak of the customs of the trade, and are collectively designated as the trade.
    • Trade A track; a trail; a way; a path; also, passage; travel; resort. "A postern with a blind wicket there was,
      A common trade to pass through Priam's house."
      "Hath tracted forth some salvage beastes trade .""Or, I'll be buried in the king's highway,
      Some way of common trade , where subjects' feet
      May hourly trample on their sovereign's head."
    • Trade Business of any kind; matter of mutual consideration; affair; dealing. "Have you any further trade with us?"
    • Trade Course; custom; practice; occupation; employment. "The right trade of religion.""There those five sisters had continual trade .""Long did I love this lady,
      Long was my travel, long my trade to win her."
      "Thy sin's not accidental but a trade ."
    • Trade Instruments of any occupation. "The house and household goods, his trade of war."
    • Trade Refuse or rubbish from a mine.
    • Trade Specifically: The act or business of exchanging commodities by barter, or by buying and selling for money; commerce; traffic; barter.
    • Trade The business which a person has learned, and which he engages in, for procuring subsistence, or for profit; occupation; especially, mechanical employment as distinguished from the liberal arts, the learned professions, and agriculture; as, we speak of the trade of a smith, of a carpenter, or mason, but not now of the trade of a farmer, or a lawyer, or a physician. "Accursed usury was all his trade .""The homely, slighted, shepherd's trade .""I will instruct thee in my trade ."
    • Trade The trade winds.
    • Trade To barter, or to buy and sell; to be engaged in the exchange, purchase, or sale of goods, wares, merchandise, or anything else; to traffic; to bargain; to carry on commerce as a business. "A free port, where nations . . . resorted with their goods and traded ."
    • Trade To buy and sell or exchange property in a single instance.
    • Trade To have dealings; to be concerned or associated; -- usually followed by with. "How did you dare to trade and traffic with Macbeth?"
    • v. t Trade To sell or exchange in commerce; to barter. "They traded the persons of men.""To dicker and to swop, to trade rifles and watches."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The original meaning of the word grocer was referring to a person who traded food in wholesale. These people would usually sell in large quantities, or by the "gross."
    • n trade Commodities designed for use in trading.
    • n trade A footstep; track; trace; trail.
    • n trade Path; way; course.
    • n trade The bearing part of the felly of a wheel; the tread of a wheel.
    • n trade Course of action or effort.
    • n trade Way of life; customary mode or course of action; habit or manner of life; habit; custom; practice.
    • n trade Business pursued; occupation.
    • n trade Specifically, the craft or business which a person has learned and which he carries on as a means of livelihood or for profit; occupation; particularly, mechanical or mercantile employment; a handicraft, as distinguished from one of the liberal arts or of the learned professions, and from agriculture. Thus, we speak of the trade of a smith, of a carpenter, or of a mason; but not of the trade of a farmer or of a lawyer or physician.
    • n trade The exchange of commodities for other commodities or for money; the business of buying and selling; dealing by way of sale or exchange; commerce; traffic. Trade comprehends every species of exchange or dealing, either in the produce of land, in manufactures, or in bills or money. It is, however, chiefly used to denote the barter or purchase and sale of goods, wares, and merchandise, either by wholesale or by retail. Trade is either foreign or domestic. Foreign trade consists in the exportation and importation of goods, or the exchange of the commodities of different countries. Domestic or home trade is the exchange or buying and selling of goods within a country. Trade is also wholesale (that is, by the package or in large quantities) or it is by retail, or in small parcels. The carrying-trade is that of transporting commodities from one country to another by water.
    • n trade The persons engaged in the same occupation or line of business: as, the book- trade.
    • n trade A purchase or sale; a bargain; specifically, in United States politics, a deal.
    • n trade The implements, collectively, of any occupation.
    • n trade Stuff: often used contemptuously in the sense of ‘rubbish.’
    • n trade In Great Britain, a committee of the Privy Council which has, to a large extent, the supervision of British commerce and industry. At its head are the President of the Board of Trade, who is usually a member of the Cabinet, the parliamentary secretary (formerly vice-president), the permanent secretary, and six assistant secretaries at the head of six departments—the commercial, harbor, finance, railway, marine, and fisheries. Attached to the Board of Trade are also the bankruptcy and emigration departments, the Patent Office, etc. A committee for trade and the plantations existed for a short time in the reign of Charles II. The council of trade was again constituted in the reign of William III., but discontinued in 1782. In 1786 the Board of Trade was organized, and its functions were subsequently greatly extended.
    • n trade Synonyms and
    • n trade Pursuit, Vocation, etc. See occupation.
    • trade Pertaining to or characteristic of trade, or of a particular trade: as, a trade practice; a trade ball or dinner; trade organizations.
    • trade To take or keep one's course; pass; move; proceed.
    • trade To engage in trade; engage in the exchange, purchase, or sale of goods, wares, and merchandise, or anything else; barter; buy and sell; traffic; carry on commerce as a business: with in before the thing bought and sold.
    • trade To buy and sell or to exchange property in a specific instance: as, A traded with B for a horse or a number of sheep.
    • trade To engage in affairs generally; have dealings or transactions.
    • trade To carry merchandise; voyage or ply as a merchant or merchantman.
    • trade To pass; spend.
    • trade To frequent for purposes of trade.
    • trade To sell or exchange in commerce; barter; buy and sell.
    • n trade A trade-wind: used commonly in the plural.
    • n trade An obsolete preterit of tread.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the building trade a slate measuring 24 by 12 inches is called a
    • n Trade trād buying and selling: commerce: occupation, craft; men engaged in the same occupation: rubbish
    • v.i Trade to buy and sell: to act merely for money
    • v.i Trade to traffic with
    • n Trade trād (Spens.) same as Tread:
    • n Trade trād (Shak.) beaten path.
    • ***


  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “There are few virtuous women who are not bored with their trade.”
  • Mark Twain
    “To succeed in the other trades, capacity must be shown; in the law, concealment of it will do.”
  • James Bennis
    James Bennis
    “Don't just learn the tricks of the trade. Learn the trade.”
  • George Borrow
    George Borrow
    “A losing trade, I assure you, sir: literature is a drug.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “And there is no trade or employment but the young man following it may become a hero.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “Rivalry is the life of trade, and the death of the trader.”


Horse trading - Horse trading is an idiom used to describe negotiations, especially where these are difficult and involve a lot of compromise.
Jack-of-all-trades - A jack-of-all-trades is someone that can do many different jobs.
Trade barbs - If people trade barbs, they insult or attack each other.
Trick of the trade - A trick of the trade is something used by people experienced in an area that helps them.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Formerly, a path, OE. tred, a footmark. See Tread (n.) & (v.)


In literature:

He made his money at trade.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
And, indeed, it seems to have been generally admitted that trade-union organization was necessary.
"Violence and the Labor Movement" by Robert Hunter
Let us now go a step further and compare our trade with Germany and our trade with other principal customers.
"Are we Ruined by the Germans?" by Harold Cox
War never can be the interest of a trading nation, any more than quarrelling can be profitable to a man in business.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
In later years the merit of the trading vessels as sterling sea-schools was equally plain.
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone
The Indians were unarmed, and held up furs to trade.
"The Story of the Trapper" by A. C. Laut
Not only is the average of quality better, but the variety of kinds and designs is greater in the home trade than in the export trade.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 5" by Various
Me trade husky W'ale Riv'.
"The Whelps of the Wolf" by George Marsh
After all, however, the key to the situation must be sought in the history of tobacco culture and the tobacco trade.
"The Planters of Colonial Virginia" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
We talked of trade and transport-riding and frontier matters generally, but surprisingly little of the matter that had brought me there.
"A Frontier Mystery" by Bertram Mitford
Trade now was exaggerated beyond all former measure, and henceforth was to be the god of England and of the world.
"The Galaxy, April, 1877" by Various
Bilateral clearing units arise from bilateral trade and payments agreements with about thirty noncommunist trading partners.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
They are forbidden to own or trade in gold, to export jewelry and diamonds, and to engage in foreign merchandise trade.
"Area Handbook for Romania" by Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
Godunov encouraged English merchants to trade with Russia by exempting them from tolls.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
The English trade-union statistics of 1904 show 148 trade-unions having women members.
"The Modern Woman's Rights Movement" by Kaethe Schirmacher
The inhabitants soon came on board and commenced a brisk trade with me.
"Journal of Voyages" by Jacob Dunham
In my trade and in all trades I know it is the same.
"Prisoners of Poverty" by Helen Campbell
The shipping trade is extensive.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
Companies, they argued, would promote French trade and colonization, as they had promoted the trade and colonization of rival nations.
"A Historical Geography of the British Colonies" by Charles Prestwood Lucas

In poetry:

Memory, you weaken year to year,
Was it that one or another one
Who traded happy freedom
For a sacred, long-awaited battle.
"Memory" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
But theirs are ships I never spoke
And trades to me unknown,
And all they see is a grizzled bloke
That drinks his drink alone.
"The Rendezvous" by Cicely Fox Smith
O Carpenter of Nazareth,
Whose mother was a village maid,
Shall we, Thy children, blow our breath
In scorn on any humble trade?
"Delicatessen" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
Long be it ere the tide of trade
Shall break with harsh-resounding din
The quiet of thy banks of shade,
And hills that fold thee in.
"Kenoza Lake" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Now Robin he is to Nottingham gone,
His butchers trade to begin;
With good intent to the sheriff he went,
And there he took up his inn.
"Robin Hood And The Butcher" by Andrew Lang
“Many long days Winstanley’s breast
Shall feel a weight within,
For a waft of wind he shall be ’feared
And trading count but sin.
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

A majority of Americans agree that foreign trade is good for the US economy, but they do not believe free trade should come at the expense of domestic industries, a CBS News poll has found.
Two committees with jurisdiction over trade policy in the US Congress, the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways & Means Committee, held hearings this week to publicly discuss US trade policies and strategies for 2006.
NBC News — The head of the World Trade Organization says he sees no reason why a trade dispute surrounding China should turn into a trade war.
World trade talks collapsed Sunday amid sharp differences between rich and poor nations, a blow to the World Trade Organization that many poor countries called a victory against the West.
Sen Sherrod Brown of Ohio has introduced the 21st Century Trade Agreements Act to stop trade agreements , which put foreign corporations before the American people.
The illegal arms trade has been going on for years… We'll give you the history of the trade.
The US has asked the World Trade Organization to establish a dispute settlement panel to examine Argentina 's import restrictions on all US goods, according to United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk.
Visitors to the National September 11 Memorial walk below the rising towers 1 World Trade Center, left, and 4 World Trade Center, Monday, Sept 10, 2012 in New York.
The Mavericks traded down from the 17th pick, and then tried to trade out of 24.
Grain prices were mixed Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.
CHICAGO (AP) — Noon trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Fri. 5,000 bu minimum.
Trade rumors have swirled all around Twins center fielder Denard Span during the past two trade deadlines.
Corn is still trading with a "shoot first, ask questions later," so look for each weather update to spark some active trading throughout the week.
We've traded thoughts in the past, and I think we may be soon trading some new ones regarding this post at Forbes.
This was the first time since 1888 that weather shut down stock trading for two days NYSE Euronext said trading will resume for.

In science:

We can trade q in Eq. (26) for ρ and λ by using Eq. (9).
Static charged perfect fluid spheres in general relativity
In other words, the relative importance of making a net gain in a round of trading is dependent on the relative wealths of the agents involved.
Stochastic Maps, Wealth Distribution in Random Asset Exchange Models and the Marginal Utility of Relative Wealth
The action of GL(∞) The main advantage of trading sets for linear spaces like we just did is the following.
The uses of random partitions
There will be a trade off between quantum ergodicity and the size of spectral correlations.
A random matrix formulation of fidelity decay
Martingales and stochastic integrals in the theory of continuous trading.
Optimal investment with random endowments in incomplete markets
The optimal thickness will result from a trade-off with the structural requirements.
Design of a Base-Board for arrays of closely-packed Multi-Anode Photo-Multipliers
This trade space has scarcely been explored.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
Hence, there exists a trade-off relation between the error of compression and the error of intrinsic randomness.
Second order asymptotics in fixed-length source coding and intrinsic randomness
Furthermore, the above trade-off inequality (27) is rigid as is indicated by the following theorem.
Second order asymptotics in fixed-length source coding and intrinsic randomness
Our argument gives a trade-off between the strength of the random perturbation and the mixing rate of the environment.
Random Walk in Dynamic Markovian Random Environment
After (5.9) we have started aggressively trading off accuracy for speed.
On Temple--Kato like inequalities and applications
The optimal point can be selected as a trade-ofi between the two e–ciencies, e.g. adopting the point at which both e–ciencies drop at the same rate, as shown in the same flgure.
The CMS High Level Trigger
The fact that this can be done in the complement of a single basepoint (the case ℓ = 1) can be established by trading an isotopy across the basepoint for a sequence of handleslides in the opposite direction, cf. [21, Proposition 7.1].
Holomorphic disks and link invariants
The periodicity condition trades vi for three integers mi and Ii for two integers ni .
Gauge Theories as String Theories: the First Results
Computational constraints imply a trade-off between temperature and system size.
Free energy landscapes, dynamics and the edge of chaos in mean-field models of spin glasses