Traf"fic, n. [Cf. F. trafic, It.
traffico, Sp. trÁfico, trÁfago, Pg.
trÁfego, LL. traficum, trafica. See
Traffic, v.] 1. Commerce,
either by barter or by buying and selling; interchange of goods and
A merchant of great traffic through the
The traffic in honors, places, and
☞ This word, like trade, comprehends every species of
dealing in the exchange or passing of goods or merchandise from hand to
hand for an equivalent, unless the business of relating may be excepted. It
signifies appropriately foreign trade, but is not limited to that.
2. Commodities of the market. [R.]
You 'll see a draggled damsel
From Billingsgate her fishy traffic bear.
3. The business done upon a railway, steamboat
line, etc., with reference to the number of passengers or the amount of
Traffic return, a periodical statement of the
receipts for goods and passengers, as on a railway line. --
Traffic taker, a computer of the returns of traffic
on a railway, steamboat line, etc.
Traf"fic, v. t. To exchange in traffic;
to effect by a bargain or for a consideration.
Traf"fic (?), v. i. [imp. & p.
p. Trafficked (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Trafficking (?).] [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).] 1. 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. To trade meanly or mercenarily; to