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Dictionary Definition



1 (computer science) rules determining the format and transmission of data [syn: communications protocol]
2 forms of ceremony and etiquette observed by diplomats and heads of state
3 code of correct conduct; "safety protocols"; "academic protocol"

User Contributed Dictionary





protocole, protocollum, from [Πρωτόκολλο (Πρώτο+κολλάω)] 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.)


  1. A rule, guideline, or document 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. In the context of "diplomacy": A preliminary document upon the basis of which negotiations are carried on.
  5. In the context of "diplomacy": A convention not formally ratified.
  6. In the context of "diplomacy": An agreement of diplomatists indicating the results reached by them at a particular stage of a negotiation.
  7. 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 machines, the transition functions of which take messages or times as input and, when then so triggered, may themselves send messages.


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

Extensive Definition

A Protocol is a set of guidelines or rules.
Protocol may also refer to:
In computing and internet
In other uses
protocol in Bulgarian: Протокол
protocol in Catalan: Protocol
protocol in Czech: Protokol
protocol in Danish: Protokol
protocol in German: Protokoll
protocol in Spanish: Protocolo
protocol in Esperanto: Protokolo
protocol in Basque: Sare protokolo
protocol in Persian: ??????
protocol in French: Protocole
protocol in Galician: Protocolo
protocol in Indonesian: Protokol
protocol in Italian: Protocollo
protocol in Hebrew: פרוטוקול
protocol in Hungarian: Protokoll
protocol in Malay (macrolanguage): Protokol
protocol in Dutch: Protocol
protocol in Japanese: プロトコル
protocol in Korean: 프로토콜
protocol in Norwegian: Protokoll
protocol in Polish: Protokół
protocol in Portuguese: Protocolo
protocol in Russian: Протокол
protocol in Slovenian: Protokol
protocol in Finnish: Protokolla
protocol in Swedish: Protokoll
protocol in Vietnamese: Giao thức
protocol in Ukrainian: Протокол

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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