|n.||1.||The original copy of any writing, as of a deed, treaty, dispatch, or other instrument.|
|2.||The minutes, or rough draught, of an instrument or transaction.|
|3.||(Diplomacy) A preliminary document upon the basis of which negotiations are carried on.|
|v. t.||1.||To make a protocol of.|
|v. i.||1.||To make or write protocols, or first draughts; to issue protocols.|
|Noun||1.||protocol - (computer science) rules determining the format and transmission of data|
Synonyms: communications protocol
|2.||protocol - forms of ceremony and etiquette observed by diplomats and heads of state|
|3.||protocol - code of correct conduct; "safety protocols"; "academic protocol"|
PROTOCOL, civil law, international law. A record or register. Among the
Romans, protocollunt was a writing at the head of the first page of the
paper used by the notaries or tabellions. Nov. 44.
2. In France the minutes of notarial acts were formerly transcribed on registers, which were called protocols. Toull. Dr. Civ. Fr. liv. 3, t. 3, c. 6, s. 1, n. 413.
3. By the German law it signifies the minutes of any transaction. Eneye. Amer. Protocol. In the latter sense the word has of late been received into international law. Ibid.
|protocol - A set of formal rules describing how to transmit data,
especially across a network. Low level protocols define the
electrical and physical standards to be observed, bit- and
byte-ordering and the transmission and error detection and correction of the bit stream. High level protocols deal with
the data formatting, including the syntax of messages, the
terminal to computer dialogue, character sets, sequencing of
Many protocols are defined by RFCs or by OSI.
See also handshaking.