What does protocol mean?

Definitions for protocol
ˈproʊ təˌkɔl, -ˌkɒl, -ˌkoʊlpro·to·col

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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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Protocol

    prō′tō-kol, n. the first copy of any document: the rough draft of an instrument or transaction: the original copy.—v.i. to issue, form protocols.—v.t. to make a protocol of—also Prō′tocolīse.—n. Prō′tocolist, a registrar or clerk. [Fr.,—Low L. protocollum—Late Gr. prōtokollon, the first leaf, containing the writer's name, date, &c.—Gr. prōtos, first, kolla, 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.

Editors Contribution

  1. protocol

    A set of instructions for the use of a computer or network.

    The Internet Protocol is easy to understand and apply.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 11, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of protocol in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of protocol in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of protocol in a Sentence

  1. Derek Cruff:

    Why their protocol wasn't followed, ask them.

  2. White House:

    This particular event seems to be a departure from that protocol.


    We follow protocol in our entire lives, nothing doesn't follow protocol

  4. Jeff Redding:

    Our protocol is not to go on the plane if it's a customer service issue.

  5. Matt Hancock:

    There is a clear protocol in place that Amazon has and that we have in the NHS.

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