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traffic pattern

Aeronautics. a system of courses about an airfield that aircraft are assigned to fly when taking off, landing, or preparing to land.
any systematic movement of people or vehicles:
The kitchen was designed to accommodate the family's traffic pattern. Unabridged
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  • Nothin' to do but watch for people breakin' traffic pattern.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • He'd had to wait several minutes in the traffic pattern before being given clearance for anchoring.


    Randall Garrett
  • The speed rose to eighty and steadied as the car settled into its place in the traffic pattern.

    Mother America Sam McClatchie
British Dictionary definitions for traffic pattern

traffic pattern

a pattern of permitted lanes in the air around an airport to which an aircraft is restricted
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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