traffic

Definitions

  • The regulation of traffic
    The regulation of traffic
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v traffic trade or deal a commodity "They trafficked with us for gold"
    • v traffic deal illegally "traffic drugs"
    • n traffic social or verbal interchange (usually followed by `with')
    • n traffic buying and selling; especially illicit trade
    • n traffic 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"
    • n traffic the aggregation of things (pedestrians or vehicles) coming and going in a particular locality during a specified period of time
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In London, during rush hour traffic moves on average at 13 kilometres an hour
    • Traffic 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."
    • Traffic Commodities of the market. "You 'll see a draggled damsel
      From Billingsgate her fishy traffic bear."
    • Traffic The business done upon a railway, steamboat line, etc., with reference to the number of passengers or the amount of freight carried.
    • v. t Traffic To exchange in traffic; to effect by a bargain or for a consideration.
    • Traffic 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.
    • Traffic To trade meanly or mercenarily; to bargain.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On average, Americans spend about 6 months of their lives waiting at red traffic lights.
    • n traffic An interchange of goods, merchandise, or property of any kind between countries, communities, or individuals; trade; commerce.
    • n traffic The coming and going of persons or the transportation of goods along a line of travel, as on a road, railway, canal, or steamship route.
    • n traffic Hence The persons or goods, collectively, passing or carried along a route or routes.
    • n traffic Dealings; intercourse.
    • n traffic A piece of business; a transaction.
    • n traffic The subject of traffic; commodities marketed.
    • traffic To trade; pass goods and commodities from one person to another for an equivalent in goods or money; buy and sell wares or commodities; carry on commerce.
    • traffic To deal; have business or dealings.
    • traffic To exchange in traffic; barter, or buy and sell.
    • traffic To bargain; negotiate; arrange.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lost time in traffic could cost American businesses up to 100 billion dollars per year.
    • n Traffic traf′ik commerce: large trade: the business done on a railway, &c
    • v.i Traffic to trade: to trade meanly
    • v.t Traffic to exchange:—pr.p. traff′icking; pa.t. and pa.p. traff′icked
    • ***

Quotations

  • Larry King
    Larry King
    “I'm the worst person to be stuck with in a traffic jam.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “There are no traffic jams in the second mile.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The Extra Mile will have no traffic jams.”
  • Peter M. Leschak
    Peter M. Leschak
    “All of us are watchers -- of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway -- but few are observers. Everyone is looking, not many are seeing”
  • George Ade
    George Ade
    “In the city a funeral is just an interruption of traffic; in the country it is a form of popular entertainment.”
  • Jeremy P. Johnson
    Jeremy P. Johnson
    “Parents are traffic signs that are always in our blind spots.”

Idioms

Go play in traffic - This is used as a way of telling someone to go away.
***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. übermachen, 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)

Usage

In literature:

The clouds were dispersed as soon as a hint was thrown out about traffic.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
Who, then, would regulate the traffic if not the Government?
"The Conquest of Bread" by Peter Kropotkin
Fourthly: He or his lieutenant was to be the sole judge in all cases and disputes arising out of traffic between those countries and Spain.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
Owen refused to employ child labor, and issued a book directing the attention of society to this deadly traffic in human beings.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Traffic was detoured from their route.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
Everything was quiet, with very little traffic going on, and the streets had a most dead-alive look.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
Traffic with the Indians.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Nothin' to do but watch for people breakin' traffic pattern.
"Anything You Can Do ..." by Gordon Randall Garrett
He would see where the illegal traffic was being carried on.
"Stubble" by George Looms
Running from the bottom of Happy Valley to the main traffic trench, the Battalion had excavated a new roadway.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
***

In poetry:

From pastoral toil, from traffic's din,
Alone, in crowds, at home, abroad,
Unheard of man, ye enter in
The ear of God.
"The Hermit of Thebaid" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I see him in the battle that shall shake,
Ere long, old Sumter's haughty crown,
And from their dreams of peaceful traffic wake
The wharves of yonder town;
"Ripley" by Henry Timrod
Then forth he crept; and ah ! the street
Blazed in his eyes; and in his ears
The ceaseless traffic boomed and beat
Rough music, lost, it seemed, for years.
"A Preacher" by John Joy Bell
He, born into a richer newer time,
And with a wealthier past behind, will sing,
Our wild fire-monster blurr'd with smoke and grime,
Traffic's sole lord and king:
"Finis" by Alexander Anderson
Oh, once again revive, while on my ear
The cry of Gain
And low hoarse hum of Traffic die away,
Ye blessed memories of my early day
Like sere grass wet with rain!
"Chalkey Hall" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Upon a snowy bed I lie,
Too placid to complain,
And watch the mad world rushing by
Beyond my window-pane,
The traffic threading in and out --
And wonder what it's all about.
"Lines Written in Hospital" by C J Dennis

In news:

NEW TIME FOR THE TRAFFIC JAM FROM 5:00PM TO 5:25PM CST on Monday, Tuesday, Throwback Thursday, and Friday.
Tracy's lil' traffic buddies: Benjamin Franklin .
Drivers moved slowly on I-66 at Lynn Street in Rosslyn last night, even at 11 p.m. See the latest alerts, a construction calendar, traffic cams and more to help you get around Washington.
Bibb sheriff's office to discuss traffic stop in Georgia.
Penn Traffic here is looking for a new home for its common stock, the company said.
Construction blocks eastbound traffic on Queens Quay.
Hometown Bixby, OK. Catch in Traffic.
32 m ago In Baldwin accident cleared on Sunrise Hwy/NY Rt-27 WB at Grand Ave Stop and go traffic from Main St in Nassau.
In Baldwin accident cleared on Sunrise Hwy/NY Rt-27 WB at Grand Ave Stop and go traffic from Main St in Nassau.
Chances are that when you see a picture related to global warming in the US, you see one of two images: a traffic jam in California or a large coal-fired power plant in the Midwest.
29 m ago In Baldwin accident cleared on Sunrise Hwy/NY Rt-27 WB at Grand Ave Stop and go traffic from Main St in Nassau.
Download our Waze Traffic app to find traffic alternatives.
Crews spent Friday working on traffic lights preparing for the change in traffic flow around the courthouse in Downtown Sherman.
Finally saw Traffic, and while it has its merits, it's about as much fun as, well, sitting in traffic.
Traffic jammed on El Camino Traffic remains jammed .
***

In science:

Key Words — TCP Retransmission, Traffic Measurement and Analysis, Error Modelling.
A comparative study of aggregate TCP retransmission rates
This "network" traffic never hits the traditional network.
IDPS: An Integrated Intrusion Handling Model for Cloud
Index Terms—Next generation network, distributed system, performance, traffic, VoD server.
Performance Improvement of VOD System by Policy Based Traffic Handle
For the simplicity, I have considered that each sector of the server contained equal number of ports. The traffic arrived rate from different cluster of clients, started at 1 Mb/s and end at 5 Mb/s.
Performance Improvement of VOD System by Policy Based Traffic Handle
Fig. 3. (e) Traffic arrival /Blocking probability.
Performance Improvement of VOD System by Policy Based Traffic Handle
***