TRAFFIC , properly the interchange or passing of goods or merchandise between persons, communities or countries,commerce or
See also:trade . The
See also:term in current usage is chiefly applied collectively to the goods, passengers, vehicles and vessels passing to and fro over the streets, roads,
See also:rivers, canals,
See also:railways, &c . The origin of the word is obscure . It occurs in Fr. trafique, and trafiquer, Ital. traffico, trafficare, Sp. trafago, trafagar . Du Cange (
See also:Gloss . Med. et Inf .
See also:Lat.) quotes the use of traffigare from a treaty between Milan and Venice of 138o, and gives other variants of the word in
See also:medieval Latin . There is a medieval Latin word transfegator, an explorer,
See also:spy, investigator (see Du Cange, op. cit., s.v.) which occurs as early as 1243, and is stated to be from transfegare, a corruption of transfretare, to
See also:cross over the sea (trans, across, fretum, gulf, strait, channel) . Diez (Etymologisches Worterbuch der romanischen Sprachen) connects the word with
See also:Port. lrasfegar, to decant, which he traces to
See also:Late Lat. vicare, to
See also:exchange, Lat. vicis,
See also:change, turn . A
See also:suggestion (
See also:Athenaeum, app . 7, 1900) has been made that it is to he referred to a late
See also:Hebrew corruption (traffik) of Gr. rpoira.e6c, pertaining to a trophy, applied to a
See also:coin with the figure of victory upon it and termed in Latin vi.ctoriatus .
BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR
THOMAS TRAHERNE (1637?-1674)
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