Meaning of protocol

pro•to•col

Pronunciation: (prō'tu-kôl", -kol", -kōl"), [key]
— n.
  1. the customs and regulations dealing with diplomatic formality, precedence, and etiquette.
  2. an original draft, minute, or record from which a document, esp. a treaty, is prepared.
  3. a supplementary international agreement.
  4. an agreement between states.
  5. an annex to a treaty giving data relating to it.
  6. the plan for carrying out a scientific study or a patient's treatment regimen.
  7. a set of rules governing the format of messages that are exchanged between computers.
  8. Also calleda statement reporting an observation or experience in the most fundamental terms without interpretation: sometimes taken as the basis of empirical verification, as of scientific laws.
—v.i.
  1. to draft or issue a protocol.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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