Definitions for protocolˈproʊ təˌkɔl, -ˌkɒl, -ˌkoʊl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pro•to•colˈproʊ təˌkɔl, -ˌkɒl, -ˌkoʊl(n.)
the customs and regulations dealing with diplomatic formality, precedence, and etiquette.
an original draft, minute, or record from which a document, esp. a treaty, is prepared.
a supplementary international agreement.
an agreement between states.
an annex to a treaty giving data relating to it.
a plan for carrying out a scientific study or a patient's treatment regimen.
a set of rules governing the format of messages that are exchanged between computers.
(v.i.)to draft or issue a protocol.
Origin of protocol:
1535–45; earlier protocoll < ML prōtocollum < LGk prōtókollon orig., a leaf or tag attached to the first sheet of a papyrus roll. See proto -, colloid
protocol, communications protocol(noun)
(computer science) rules determining the format and transmission of data
forms of ceremony and etiquette observed by diplomats and heads of state
code of correct conduct
"safety protocols"; "academic protocol"
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.
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.
An amendment to an official treaty.
The first leaf of a roll of papyrus, or the official mark typically found on such a page.
The official formulas which appeared at the beginning or end of certain official documents such as charters, papal bulls etc.
The original notes of observations made during an experiment; also, the precise method for carrying our or reproducing a given experiment.
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.
An accepted code of conduct; acceptable behaviour in a given situation or group.
A set of formal rules describing how to transmit or exchange data, especially across a network.
To make a protocol of.
The set of instructions allowing a licensed medical professional to start, modify, or stop a medical or patient care order.
Origin: From protocolle, protocole, and its source, protocollum, from πρωτόκολλον, from πρῶτος + κόλλα.
the original copy of any writing, as of a deed, treaty, dispatch, or other instrument
the minutes, or rough draught, of an instrument or transaction
a preliminary document upon the basis of which negotiations are carried on
a convention not formally ratified
an agreement of diplomatists indicating the results reached by them at a particular stage of a negotiation
to make a protocol of
to make or write protocols, or first draughts; to issue protocols
The New Hacker's Dictionary
As used by hackers, this never refers to niceties about the proper form for addressing letters to the Papal Nuncio or the order in which one should use the forks in a Russian-style place setting; hackers don't care about such things. It is used instead to describe any set of rules that allow different machines or pieces of software to coordinate with each other without ambiguity. So, for example, it does include niceties about the proper form for addressing packets on a network or the order in which one should use the forks in the Dining Philosophers Problem. It implies that there is some common message format and an accepted set of primitives or commands that all parties involved understand, and that transactions among them follow predictable logical sequences. See also handshaking, do protocol.