|1.||the formal etiquette and code of behaviour, precedence, and procedure for state and diplomatic ceremonies|
|2.||a memorandum or record of an agreement, esp one reached in international negotiations, a meeting, etc|
|a. a record of data or observations on a particular experiment or proceeding|
|b. an annexe appended to a treaty to deal with subsidiary matters or to render the treaty more lucid|
|c. a formal international agreement or understanding on some matter|
|4.||an amendment to a treaty or convention|
|5.||philosophy See logical positivism In full: protocol statement a statement that is immediately verifiable by experience|
|6.||computing the set form in which data must be presented for handling by a particular computer configuration, esp in the transmission of information between different computer systems|
|[C16: from Medieval Latin prōtocollum, from Late Greek prōtokollon sheet glued to the front of a manuscript, from |
protocol pro·to·col (prō'tə-kôl', -kōl')
The plan for a course of medical treatment or for a scientific experiment.
protocoln. As used by hackers, this never refers to niceties about the proper form for addressing letters to the Papal Nuncio or the order in which one should use the forks in a Russian-style place setting; hackers don't care about such things. It is used instead to describe any set of rules that allow different machines or pieces of software to coordinate with each other without ambiguity. So, for example, it does include niceties about the proper form for addressing packets on a network or the order in which one should use the forks in the Dining Philosophers Problem. It implies that there is some common message format and an accepted set of primitives or commands that all parties involved understand, and that transactions among them follow predictable logical sequences. See also handshaking, do protocol.