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Traffic appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • 'Til less traffic I summarise, yes, I ram music, if farts sell it.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun traffic:

conversational speech25.84%task-oriented speech74.16%
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Definition of the noun traffic

What does traffic mean as a name of something?

Traffic is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: - (uncountable)

  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
    • examples: heavy traffic overloaded the trunk lines | traffic on the internet is lightest during the night
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: communicating / communication = the activity of communicating
  4. social or verbal interchange (usually followed by `with')

Alternative definition of the noun traffic


  1. Pedestrians or vehicles on roads, or the flux or passage thereof.
  2. Commercial transportation or exchange of goods, or the movement of passengers or people.
  3. Illegal trade or exchange of goods, often drugs.
  4. Exchange or flux of information, messages or data, as in a computer or telephone network.

Definition of the verb traffic

What does traffic mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: trafficked, trafficking

  1. deal illegally
  2. trade or deal a commodity

Alternative definition of the verb traffic


  1. [intransitive] 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. [intransitive] To trade meanly or mercenarily; to bargain.
  3. [transitive] To exchange in traffic; to effect by a bargain or for a consideration.


  1. "Traffic" is a 2000 American crime drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Stephen Gaghan. It explores the illegal drug trade from a number of perspectives: a user, an enforcer, a politician and a trafficker. Their stories are edited together throughout the film, although some of the characters do not meet each other. The film is an adaptation of the British Channel 4 television series Traffik.
  2. "Traffic" a.k.a. "Trafic" is a 1971 Italian-French comedy film directed by Jacques Tati. Trafic was the last film to feature Tati's famous character of Monsieur Hulot, and followed the vein of earlier Tati films that lampooned modern society.
  3. "Traffic" is a 2011 Malayalam thriller film written by brothers Bobby and Sanjay and directed by Rajesh Pillai. The film features an ensemble cast consisting of Kunchako Boban, Sreenivasan, Rahman, Asif Ali, Anoop Menon, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Sandhya, Roma and Remya Nambeesan. The film has its narrative in a hyperlink format. The film opened on 7 January 2011, to a positive reception. A multi-narrative thriller that intertwines multiple stories around one particular incident, Traffic is inspired from an actual event that happened in Chennai. Owing to its critical and commercial success, Traffic was remade into Tamil as Chennaiyil Oru Naal, in Kannada as Crazy Star and to be remade in Hindi cinema. This was also the last film of the veteran actor Jose Prakash.
  4. Traffic: Traffic: The Miniseries is a three-part feature on the United States cable channel USA Network in 2004 featuring an ensemble cast portraying the complex world of drugs, their distribution, the associated violence, and the wide variety of people whose lives are touched by it all. The mini-series was partially shot in Kamloops, Ashcroft, and Cache Creek, B.C. standing in for Afghanistan.
  5. "Traffic" is a 2013 thriller film written by Piyush Mishra, Suresh Nair and Bobby Sanjay and directed by Rajesh Pillai.
  6. "Traffic" a.k.a. "Chennaiyil Oru Naal" is a 2013 Tamil thriller film written by brothers Bobby and Sanjay and directed by Shahid Khader. The film features an ensemble cast consisting of R. Sarathkumar, Prakash Raj, Cheran, Prasanna, Raadhika Sarathkumar, Parvathi Menon and Iniya. The film, a remake of the 2011 Malayalam film Traffic, has its narrative in a hyperlink format. A multi-narrative thriller that intertwines multiple stories around one particular incident, the film is inspired from an actual event that happened in Chennai. It was titled Naangu Vazhi Saalai earlier. The film released on 29 March 2013. The film opened highly positive reviews. The film was declared Blockbuster at the box office.
  7. "Traffic" a.k.a. "Tráfico" is a 1998 comedy film written and directed by João Botelho.


  1. "Traffic" is a track single which appeared in the album Just Be and Parade of the Athletes by Dutch DJ Tiësto. The track contains samples of Sean Deason's track "Psykofuk". When the album Just Be was released, his third single "Love Comes Again" was featured with it, "Traffic" turned into a B-Side after having great success in Tiësto's concerts and having a music video made which was released in its original form as well as its radio edit version. It is the first instrumental track to reach the top spot in his homeland of the Netherlands in 23 years. Many DJ's did remixes for Traffic. The track is recorded at 136 bpm.
  2. "Traffic": Traffic is the second album by the English rock band Traffic, released in 1968 on Island Records in the United Kingdom as ILP 981T /ILPS 9081T, and United Artists in the United States, as UAS 6676. It peaked at number 9 in the UK albums chart and at number 17 on the Billboard 200.
  3. "Traffic" is the first new album of original material released by English band ABC in eleven years. The album's songs were written by lead singer Martin Fry while he toured the United States in 2006. Critics have described the album as the most 'satisfying ABC album since the mid-'80s by far'.
    • genre: Rock music
    • released on (6 years ago)
  4. "Traffic" is a musical album of Cliff Martinez.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  5. "Traffic" is the fourth single from the rock band Stereophonics, it is taken from their debut album Word Gets Around and was released in October 1997. It reached #20 on the UK Singles Chart.
  6. "Traffic": «Трафик» — первый сингл из альбома «Четырнадцать недель тишины», выпущенный группой «Zемфира» 11 ноября 2001 года. Сингл включает в себя радиоверсию и ремикс песни, а также видеоклип, снятый режиссёром Ириной Мироновой. Студийная версия песни включает в себя семпл из песни группы Led Zeppelin Kashmir. Концертная версия песни с изменённой аранжировкой попала в альбом «Земфира.Live2», выпущенный в 2010 году.
    • artist: Zemfira
    • released on (13 years ago)
  7. "Traffic" a.k.a. "Electric" is a musical album of Victor Bailey, Lenny White, Larry Coryell.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  8. "Traffic" is a 2003 single by Tiësto.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  9. "Traffic" is the 1997 single album by Stereophonics.
    • released on (17 years ago)
  10. "Traffic" is a musical single of Andy Faisca & Vicente.
    • released on
  11. "Traffic" is a musical single of Large House Satisfaction.
    • released on
  12. "Traffic" is a musical album of Skarnemurta.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  13. "Traffic" is a musical album of Lia Luachra.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  14. "Traffic" is a musical EP of Vincenzo Salvia.
    • released on
  15. "Traffic" is a musical album of Days of Fate.
    • released in (8 years ago)
  16. "Traffic" is a musical album of Janne Schaffer.
    • released in (29 years ago)
  17. "Traffic" is a musical single of Bernard Lavilliers.
    • released in (35 years ago)


  1. Traffic were an English rock band whose members came from the West Midlands. The group formed in April 1967 by Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. They began as a psychedelic rock group whose early singles were influenced by The Beatles, and diversified their sound through the use of instruments such as keyboards like the Mellotron and harpsichord, sitar, and various reed instruments, and by incorporating jazz and improvisational techniques in their music. Their first three singles were "Paper Sun", "Hole in My Shoe", and "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush".
    • also known as 交通合唱團
    • members:
    • genres: Rock music, Hard rock, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock, Jazz fusion, Folk rock, Jazz
    • albums: "Mr. Fantasy", "Traffic", "Last Exit", "Best of Traffic", "John Barleycorn Must Die", "Welcome to the Canteen", "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys", "Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory", "On the Road", "When the Eagle Flies", "Smiling Phases", "Far from Home", "Heaven Is in Your Mind: An Introduction to Traffic", "Feelin' Alright: The Very Best of Traffic", "The Collection", "20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Traffic", "Traffic Gold", "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush", "Hole in My Shoe / Smiling Phases", "Medicated Goo / Shanghai Noodle Factory", "Paper Sun / Giving to You", "The Last Great Traffic Jam", "Traffic Sound 68-69", "Hole in My Shoe", "First Spark - Boston 1971", "Heavy Traffic", "Icon"
    • award: - Grammy Hall of Fame Award - "Mr. Fantasy"
  2. Traffic is an Estonian band from Tallinn, Estonia.

There are other groups with in their name, like Air Traffic, air-traffic, Anal Traffic, traffic jam!, Williams Traffic, Two Hours Traffic, Air traffic control, Air Traffic Controllers.


Traffic, the wildlife trade monitoring network, is an international organization dedicated to ensuring that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature.


  1. 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.
    • also known as traffico
  2. Traffic is a monthly, peer reviewed, scientific journal, which was established in 2000, and is published by Wiley-Blackwell. The online version is at the Wiley Online Library. This journal is co-edited by Mark C. P. Marsh, Michael S. Marks, Trina A. Schroer, and Tom H. Stevens. According to Journal Citation Reports the 2011 impact factor for Traffic is 4.919.
  3. Traffic is the title of a group exhibition of contemporary art that took place at CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, France, through February and March, 1996.
  4. Traffic: In broadcasting, traffic is the scheduling of program material, and in particular the advertisements, for the broadcast day. In a commercial radio or TV station there is a vital link between sales and traffic in keeping the information about commercial time availability.

Phrases with Traffic

Phrases starting with the word Traffic:

  1. Traffic Boy
  2. traffic cop
  3. traffic jam
  4. Traffic Beam
  5. Traffic cone
  6. traffic lane
  7. Traffic sign
  8. traffic court
  9. traffic light
  10. traffic circle
  11. traffic island
  12. Traffic paddle
  13. Traffic school

Phrases ending with the word Traffic:

  1. air traffic
  2. bus traffic
  3. car traffic
  4. drug traffic
  5. foot traffic
  6. slave traffic
  7. truck traffic

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Traffic

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Google previewThe Ecology of Modernism (2015)

American Environments and Avant-Garde Poetics by Joshua Schuster

Traffic is the conjunction of different agencies and sonic properties that are on the move and interacting but not headed in one particular direction or purpose. Traffic is the givenness of the earth, the Gelassenheit of entities bustling along in ...

Google previewBiotechnology, Agriculture, Environment and Energy (2014)

Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Biotechnology, Agriculture, Environment and Energy (ICBAEE 2014), May 22-23, 2014, Beijing, China. by Fangli Zheng

ABSTRACT: Road traffic is a complex dynamic system with specific functions which contains such key elements as people, vehicles, roads, environment and other elements. The present paper analyzes the role and function of each element in ...

Google previewStraight and Level (2008)

Practical Airline Economics by Stephen Holloway

Tom Peters CHAPTER OVERVIEW Traffic is the first of four elements in the operating performance model around which...

Google previewConvergence of Mobile and Stationary Next-Generation Networks (2011)

by Krzysztof Iniewski

All traffic on the ring is assigned a Class of Service (CoS), and the standard specifies three classes. Class A (or high) traffic is a pure CIR (committed information rate) and is designed to support applications requiring low latency and jitter, such ...

Google previewL2TP (2000)

Implementation and Operation by Richard Shea

Round-Trip Time One area that affects overall performance of the tunneled traffic is the Round-Trip Time (RTT) between...

Google previewHandbook of Self and Identity, Second Edition (2011)

by Mark R. Leary, June Price Tangney

Though traffic is a manifestly collective activity, we persist in pretending to ourselves that it is something being done to us. We are among it, but not of it. “ Have you ever noticed,” the American standup George Carlin once inquired, “ how ...

Google previewThe Urban Biking Handbook (2011)

The DIY Guide to Building, Rebuilding, Tinkering with, and Repairing Your Bicycle for City Living by Charles Haine

Automobile traffic is a fact of city life. If you. 35 City Riding Fenders.

Google previewHandbook of Pollution Prevention Practices (2001)

by Nicholas P. Cheremisinoff

As a result of the extensive use of alkyl-lead compounds as fuel additives, vehicular traffic is the largest source of atmospheric lead in many urban areas, accounting for as much as 90% of all lead emissions into the atmosphere.

Google previewDepartment of Defense dictionary of military and associated terms (Online)

transportation component command — The three component commands of United States Transportation Command: Air Force Air Mobility Command; Navy Military Sealift Command; and Army Military Traffic Management Command.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Tokyo (2011)

by Roman Cybriwsky

The bridge carries automobile and truck traffic via Shuto Expressway No. 11 and passenger traffic on the Yurikamome Line, a principal train link between the main part of Tokyo and Odaiba. There are protected pedestrian walkways on either ...

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Quotes about Traffic

In seven to ten years video traffic on the Internet will exceed data and voice traffic combined. (Bob Metcalfe)
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Scrabble value of T1R1A1F4F4I1C3

The value of this 7-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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