traffic

traffic
I UK [ˈtræfɪk] / US noun [uncountable] ***
1)
a) the vehicles that are travelling in an area at a particular time

At that time of night, there was no traffic on the roads.

the huge volume of traffic in the city centre

rush-hour traffic

b) [only before noun] connected with traffic, or caused by traffic

traffic noise/fumes/congestion

2)
a) aircraft, ships, and trains that travel from one place to another

a marked increase in air traffic

b) the goods or passengers that travel in planes, ships, or trains

Passenger traffic through Britain's airports has increased by 5 per cent.

3) the information that passes through a communications system

Internet traffic

4) the process of buying and selling things such as drugs or weapons illegally

II UK [ˈtræfɪk] / US verb [intransitive]
Word forms "traffic":
present tense I/you/we/they traffic he/she/it traffics present participle trafficking past tense trafficked past participle trafficked
to buy and sell things such as drugs or weapons illegally
traffic in:

He was tried and convicted for trafficking in illegal drugs.


English dictionary. 2014.

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