traffic-n; 5 Senses

Sense Number 1: a moving aggregate of bodies, as cars and pedestrians

Commentary: TRAFFIC[+aggregate][+moving][+bodies] the aggregation of things (pedestrians and vehicles) coming and going

I have to leave the house at six in the morning to beat the traffic.
The TSA has to process heavy traffic through JFK airport every day of the week.
We had to steer clear of some commercial boat traffic as we sailed out of Boston Harbor.
The traffic came to a standstill on I-93 after a four-car accident.
They don't get much traffic through their store because of its out-of-the-way location.

PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: information that travels through communication devices

Commentary: TRAFFIC[+aggregate][+moving][+information] the amount of activity over a communication system during a period of time

Traffic on the internet is lightest during the night.
This new switching system can accommodate twice the phone traffic that was handled by the old one.
The NSA intercepted some interesting traffic through a cell tower that connects to overseas.
My calling plan doesn't count minutes at night or on weekends when traffic is lowest.

PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 3: trading of goods and services, often illicit trade

Commentary: TRAFFIC[+activity][+exchange][+trade] buying and selling; especially illicit trade

The no-gum rule at school only enticed the kids and resulted in an increase in gum traffic.
There is a light traffic of villagers' blankets and ceramics at the weekly farmer's market.
The drug traffic did not appear to decrease even after the big bust by the feds last week.
The slave traffic was prolific in America between the 16th and 19th centuries.

PropBank: traffic.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 4: social or verbal interchange, discourse

Commentary: TRAFFIC[+exchange][+social][+discourse] social or verbal interchange (often followed by 'with')

He was court-martialed for having traffic with the enemy.
There was a lively traffic in ideas about search technology at the last conference.

PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: what existing conditions will allow

Commentary: the traffic will bear/allow - Idiom

Just charge what you think the traffic will bear.
"everything that traffic will allow" (from the song 'No business like show business')

PropBank: NM
WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: idiom