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  1. pro·to·col
    IPA[ˈprōdəˌkôl]
  2. noun

    • 1. the official procedure or system of rules governing affairs of state or diplomatic occasions:

      protocol forbids the prince from making any public statement in his defense
    • 2. the accepted or established code of procedure or behavior in any group, organization, or situation:

      what is the protocol at a conference if one's neighbor dozes off during the speeches?
      Synonym : etiquette, conventions, formalities, customs, rules of conduct, procedure, ritual, code of behavior, accepted behavior, conventionalities, propriety, proprieties, one's Ps and Qs, decorum, manners, courtesies, civilities, good form, the done thing, the thing to do, punctilio, politesse
    • 3. the original draft of a diplomatic document, especially of the terms of a treaty agreed to in conference and signed by the parties:

      signatories to the Montreal Protocol Hungary and the Soviet Union signed a trade protocol
    • 4. an amendment or addition to a treaty or convention:

      a protocol to the treaty allowed for this Danish referendum
    • 5. a formal or official record of scientific experimental observations:

      protocols of published cases frequently lack this vital information
    • 6. a procedure for carrying out a scientific experiment or a course of medical treatment:

      a study protocol approved by the ethics committee of the hospital the low doses of morphine recommended in the protocol
    • 7. a set of rules governing the exchange or transmission of data between devices.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: protocol, plural noun: protocols

    • noun

      the official procedure or system of rules governing affairs of state or diplomatic occasions:

      the accepted or established code of procedure or behaviour in any group, organization, or situation:

    • any of various protocols drawn up in Geneva, especially that of 1925 limiting chemical and bacteriological warfare.
    • noun

      a set of rules governing the format of data sent over the Internet or other network.
    • any of various protocols drawn up in Geneva, especially that of 1925 limiting chemical and bacteriological warfare.
    • noun

      a set of rules governing the format of data sent over the Internet or other network.
    • noun

      another term for FTP
    • noun

      the set of rules that makes it possible to use the Internet for telephone or videophone communication:
    • noun

      the set of rules that makes it possible to use the Internet for telephone or videophone communication:
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