traffic

Definitions

General Science

  • noun the vehicles that are travelling in an area at the same time
  • noun aircraft, train and ships that travel from one place to another
  • noun all the messages and other signals processed by a system or carried by a communications link

Aviation

Commerce

  • noun the movement of cars, lorries, trains or planes; movement of people or goods in vehicles
  • verb to deal illegally

Construction

  • The total number of messages handled by a communications channel in a given period, expressed in hundred call seconds (CCS) or other units.
  • Number of vehicles within a specific space and time.

Electronics

  • The volume of users, messages, transmissions, or the like present within a communications network at a given moment. This may refer to telephone calls connected, data being downloaded, emails being received, faxes being sent, and so on.
  • The volume of data being transmitted over a communications network at a given moment.
  • The volume of users utilizing a communications network at a given moment.
  • The volume of users accessing a Web site at a given moment.
  • The traffic (1), traffic (2), traffic (3), or traffic (4), for a stated time period, such as a second, minute, hour, day, month, year, and so on.

Law

  • verb to buy and sell something illegally

Media Studies

  • noun the number of visitors to a website
  • noun a department at a radio station that decides where commercials should be placed

Military

  • noun vehicles moving on a road

Travel

  • noun the number of sales made by a business

Origin & History of “traffic”

The ultimate origins of traffic are not known. It was acquired from French traffique, which in turn was borrowed from Old Italian traffico, a derivative of the verb trafficare ‘trade’, but there the trail goes cold. It is generally assumed that the word’s first element goes back to the Latin prefix trāns- ‘across’.
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