Definitions for protocolˈproʊ təˌkɔl, -ˌkɒl, -ˌkoʊl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. protocol, communications protocol(noun)

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

  2. protocol(noun)

    forms of ceremony and etiquette observed by diplomats and heads of state

  3. protocol(noun)

    code of correct conduct

    "safety protocols"; "academic protocol"


  1. protocol(Noun)

    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.

  2. protocol(Noun)

    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.

  3. protocol(Noun)

    An amendment to an official treaty.

  4. protocol(Noun)

    The first leaf of a roll of papyrus, or the official mark typically found on such a page.

  5. protocol(Noun)

    The official formulas which appeared at the beginning or end of certain official documents such as charters, papal bulls etc.

  6. protocol(Noun)

    The original notes of observations made during an experiment; also, the precise method for carrying our or reproducing a given experiment.

  7. protocol(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.

  8. protocol(Noun)

    An accepted code of conduct; acceptable behaviour in a given situation or group.

  9. protocol(Noun)

    A set of formal rules describing how to transmit or exchange data, especially across a network.

  10. protocol(Verb)

    To make a protocol of.

  11. protocol(Noun)

    The set of instructions allowing a licensed medical professional to start, modify, or stop a medical or patient care order.

  12. Origin: From protocolle, protocole, and its source, protocollum, from πρωτόκολλον, from πρῶτος + κόλλα.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Protocol(noun)

    the original copy of any writing, as of a deed, treaty, dispatch, or other instrument

  2. Protocol(noun)

    the minutes, or rough draught, of an instrument or transaction

  3. Protocol(noun)

    a preliminary document upon the basis of which negotiations are carried on

  4. Protocol(noun)

    a convention not formally ratified

  5. Protocol(noun)

    an agreement of diplomatists indicating the results reached by them at a particular stage of a negotiation

  6. Protocol(verb)

    to make a protocol of

  7. Protocol(verb)

    to make or write protocols, or first draughts; to issue protocols

  8. Origin: [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.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. protocol

    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.


  1. Communications protocol

    In telecommunications, a communications protocol is a system of rules that allow two or more entities of a communications system to communicate between them to transmit information via any kind of variation of a physical quantity. These are the rules or standard that defines the syntax, semantics and synchronization of communication and possible error recovery methods. Protocols may be implemented by hardware, software, or a combination of both. Communicating systems use well-defined formats for exchanging messages. Each message has an exact meaning intended to elicit a response from a range of possible responses pre-determined for that particular situation. The specified behavior is typically independent of how it is to be implemented. Communications protocols have to be agreed upon by the parties involved. To reach agreement, a protocol may be developed into a technical standard. A programming language describes the same for computations, so there is a close analogy between protocols and programming languages: protocols are to communications as programming languages are to computations.

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'protocol' in Nouns Frequency: #2425

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