Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
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Com"merce (?), n. (Formerly accented on the second syllable.) [F. commerce, L. commercium; com- + merx, mercis, merchadise. See Merchant.]
1. The exchange or buying and selling of commodities; esp. the exchange of merchandise, on a large scale, between different places or communities; extended trade or traffic.
The public becomes powerful in proportion to the opulence and extensive commerce of private men.
2. Social intercourse; the dealings of one person or class in society with another; familiarity.
Fifteen years of thought, observation, and commerce with the world had made him [Bunyan] wiser.
3. Sexual intercourse.
4. A round game at cards, in which the cards are subject to exchange, barter, or trade.
Chamber of commerce. See Chamber.
Syn. -- Trade; traffic; dealings; intercourse; interchange; communion; communication.
Com*merce" (? ∨ ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Commerced (#); p>. pr. & vb. n. Commercing.] [Cf. F. commercer, fr. LL. commerciare.]
1. To carry on trade; to traffic. [Obs.]
Beware you commerce not with bankrupts.
2. To hold intercourse; to commune.
Commercing with himself.
Musicians . . . taught the people in angelic harmonies to commerce with heaven.