Definitions for: Protocol

[n] code of correct conduct; "safety protocols"; "academic protocol"
[n] forms of ceremony and etiquette observed by diplomats and heads of state
[n] (computer science) rules determining the format and transmission of data

Webster (1913) Definition: Pro"to*col, n. [F. protocole, LL. protocollum, fr.
Gr. ? the first leaf glued to the rolls of papyrus and the
notarial documents, on which the date was written; prw^tos
the first (see Proto-) + ? glue.]
1. The original copy of any writing, as of a deed, treaty,
dispatch, or other instrument. --Burrill.

2. The minutes, or rough draught, of an instrument or

3. (Diplomacy)
(a) A preliminary document upon the basis of which
negotiations are carried on.
(b) A convention not formally ratified.
(c) An agreement of diplomatists indicating the results
reached by them at a particular stage of a

Pro"to*col, v. t.
To make a protocol of.

Pro"to*col, v. i.
To make or write protocols, or first draughts; to issue
protocols. --Carlyle.

Synonyms: communications protocol

See Also: code of behavior, code of conduct, etiquette, file transfer protocol, ftp, HTTP, hypertext transfer protocol, MIDI, musical instrument digital interface, prescript, rule, TCP, TCP/IP, transmission control protocol, transmission control protocol/internet protocol

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