Definition of Protocol

1. Noun. (computer science) rules determining the format and transmission of data.

2. Noun. Forms of ceremony and etiquette observed by diplomats and heads of state.
Generic synonyms: Etiquette

3. Noun. Code of correct conduct. "Academic protocol"

Definition of Protocol

1. n. The original copy of any writing, as of a deed, treaty, dispatch, or other instrument.

2. v. t. To make a protocol of.

3. v. i. To make or write protocols, or first draughts; to issue protocols.

Definition of Protocol

1. Noun. (context: now chiefly historical) The minutes, or official record, of a negotiation or transaction; especially a document drawn up officially which forms the legal basis for subsequent agreements based on it. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

2. Noun. (context: international law now rare) An official record of a diplomatic meeting or negotiation; later specifically, a draft document setting out agreements to be signed into force by a subsequent formal treaty. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

3. Noun. (context: international law) An amendment to an official treaty. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

4. Noun. The first leaf of a roll of papyrus, or the official mark typically found on such a page. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

5. Noun. The official formulas which appeared at the beginning or end of certain official documents such as charters, papal bulls etc. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

6. Noun. (science) The original notes of observations made during an experiment; also, the precise method for carrying our or reproducing a given experiment. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

7. Noun. The official rules and guidelines for heads of state and other dignitaries, governing accepted behaviour in relations with other diplomatic representatives or over affairs of state. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

8. Noun. (qualifier by extension) An accepted code of conduct; acceptable behaviour in a given situation or group. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

9. Noun. (computing) A set of formal rules describing how to transmit or exchange data, especially across a network. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

10. Noun. (medicine) The set of instructions allowing a licensed medical professional to start, modify, or stop a medical or patient care order. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

11. Verb. (obsolete transitive) To make a protocol of. ¹

12. Verb. (obsolete intransitive) To make or write protocols, or first drafts; to issue protocols. ¹

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Definition of Protocol

1. to form a preliminary draft of an official document [v -COLED, -COLING, -COLS or -COLLED, -COLLING, -COLS]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Protocol

protocatechuic acid
protocol (current term)

Literary usage of Protocol

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Environmental Performance Reviews by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (2001)
"Third party liability in the field of nuclear energy Y 1963 Brussels Supplementary convention Y 1964 Paris Additional protocol to the convention Y 1964 ..."

2. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians (1907)
"The moral effect of the Troppau protocol was, none the less, ... He pointed out that the protocol only asserted a principle to which any constitutional ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"protocol but the Senate, at a time when isolationism prevailed, ... Last 25 November, Nixon said he would submit the Geneva protocol of 1925 to the Senate ..."

4. Usage and Usability Assessment: Library Practices and Concerns by Denise Troll Covey (2002)
"What Is a User protocol? A user protocol is a structured, ... The purpose of the protocol is to gather in- depth insight into the behavior and experience of ..."

5. Modern Capital of Human Rights?: Abuses in the State of Georgia by Human Rights Watch, Human Rights Watch (Organization, Human Rights Watch (Organization) (1996)
"The States Parties to the present protocol, Considering that in order further to achieve the purposes of the International Covenant on Civil and Political ..."

6. The Map of Europe by Treaty: Showing the Various Political and Territorial by Edward Hertslet (1875)
"protocol between Turkey and Montenegro, relative to the Demarcation of the ... Prince of Montenegro, of the other part, the protocol signed at Cettigne on ..."

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