Complete Definition of "protocol"

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Pronunciation
\Pro"to*col
Etymology
F. protocole, LL. protocollum, from Gr. [ΠÏÏÏÏκολλο (ΠÏÏÏο+κολλάÏ)] 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.)

Noun
en-noun

  1. A rule which guides how an activity should be performed.
  2. The original copy of any writing, as of a deed, treaty, dispatch, or other instrument.
  3. The minutes, or rough draft, of an instrument or transaction.
  4. context|diplomacy A preliminary document upon the basis of which negotiations are carried on.
  5. context|diplomacy A convention not formally ratified.
  6. context|diplomacy An agreement of diplomatists indicating the results reached by them at a particular stage of a negotiation.
  7. computing A set of formal rules describing how to transmit data, especially across a network. A message syntax or electrical specification and a description 2 or more communication nodes: finite state machine|state machines, the transition function|transition functions of which take messages or times as input and, when then so triggered, may themselves send messages.

Verb
en-verb

  1. obsolete, transitive: To make a protocol of.
  2. obsolete, intransitive: To make or write protocols, or first drafts; to issue protocols.

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