Associations to the word «Protocol»


PROTOCOL, noun. (now chiefly historical) 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. [from 15th c.]
PROTOCOL, noun. (international law) (now rare) 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. [from 17th c.]
PROTOCOL, noun. (international law) An amendment to an official treaty. [from 19th c.]
PROTOCOL, noun. The first leaf of a roll of papyrus, or the official mark typically found on such a page. [from 19th c.]
PROTOCOL, noun. The official formulas which appeared at the beginning or end of certain official documents such as charters, papal bulls etc. [from 19th c.]
PROTOCOL, noun. (sciences) The original notes of observations made during an experiment; also, the precise method for carrying out or reproducing a given experiment. [from 19th c.]
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. [from 19th c.]
PROTOCOL, noun. (by extension) An accepted code of conduct; acceptable behaviour in a given situation or group. [from 20th c.]
PROTOCOL, noun. (computing) A set of formal rules describing how to transmit or exchange data, especially across a network. [from 20th c.]
PROTOCOL, noun. (medicine) The set of instructions allowing a licensed medical professional to start, modify, or stop a medical or patient care order. [from 20th c.]
PROTOCOL, verb. (obsolete) (transitive) To make a protocol of.
PROTOCOL, verb. (obsolete) (intransitive) To make or write protocols, or first drafts; to issue protocols.

Dictionary definition

PROTOCOL, noun. (computer science) rules determining the format and transmission of data.
PROTOCOL, noun. Forms of ceremony and etiquette observed by diplomats and heads of state.
PROTOCOL, noun. Code of correct conduct; "safety protocols"; "academic protocol".

Wise words

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.