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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 
  1. (obsolete), (transitive): To make a protocol of.
  2. (obsolete), (intransitive): To make or write protocols, or first drafts; to issue protocols.
(Webster) Etymology: protocole, protocollum, from (+) 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.)


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