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protocol

[proh-tuh-kawl, -kol, -kohl] /ˈproʊ təˌkɔl, -ˌkɒl, -ˌkoʊl/
noun
1.
the customs and regulations dealing with diplomatic formality, precedence, and etiquette.
2.
an original draft, minute, or record from which a document, especially 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.
Medicine/Medical. the plan for carrying out a scientific study or a patient's treatment regimen.
7.
Computers. a set of rules governing the format of messages that are exchanged between computers.
8.
Also called protocol statement, protocol sentence, protocol proposition. Philosophy. a 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.
verb (used without object)
9.
to draft or issue a protocol.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; earlier protocoll < Medieval Latin prōtocollum < Late Greek prōtókollon orig., a leaf or tag attached to a rolled papyrus manuscript and containing notes as to contents. See proto-, colloid
Related forms
protocolar
[proh-tuh-kol-er] /ˌproʊ təˈkɒl ər/ (Show IPA),
protocolary, protocolic, adjective
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Examples for protocols
  • Different scientists in different labs need to repeat the protocols and publish their results.
  • They have protocols and checklists for bad weather, emergencies, the inoculations they must dispense.
  • According to department protocols, the police should have attempted to isolate these rogue elements.
  • There are championships every year-people have different recipes, protocols.
  • Those pieces were made not to be pedestalled, as treasures, but to enhance lived protocols of perception and feeling.
  • If you're unsure about protocols simply watch or ask locals.
  • Strict protocols and guidelines for handling any crisis that may arise will be developed and rehearsed.
  • However, doing so requires strict compliance with tedious and often expensive protocols.
  • We're all in the middle of figuring out the proper long-term cloud security protocols.
  • More could be saved if insurers agreed upon common forms and protocols.
British Dictionary definitions for protocols

protocol

/ˈprəʊtəˌkɒl/
noun
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
3.
(chiefly US)
  1. a record of data or observations on a particular experiment or proceeding
  2. an annexe appended to a treaty to deal with subsidiary matters or to render the treaty more lucid
  3. a formal international agreement or understanding on some matter
4.
an amendment to a treaty or convention
5.
(philosophy) a statement that is immediately verifiable by experience In full protocol statement See logical positivism
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
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin prōtocollum, from Late Greek prōtokollon sheet glued to the front of a manuscript, from proto- + kolla glue
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Word Origin and History for protocols

protocol

n.

1540s, as prothogall "draft of a document," from Middle French prothocole (c.1200, Modern French protocole), from Medieval Latin protocollum "draft," literally "the first sheet of a volume" (on which contents and errata were written), from Greek protokollon "first sheet glued onto a manuscript," from protos "first" (see proto-) + kolla "glue."

Sense developed in Medieval Latin and French from "official account" to "official record of a transaction," to "diplomatic document," and finally, in French, to "formula of diplomatic etiquette." Meaning "diplomatic rules of etiquette" in English first recorded 1896, from French; general sense of "conventional proper conduct" is from 1952. "Protocols of the (Learned) Elders of Zion," Russian anti-Semitic forgery purporting to reveal Jewish plan for world domination, first published in English 1920 under title "The Jewish Peril."

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protocols in Medicine

protocol pro·to·col (prō'tə-kôl', -kōl')
n.
The plan for a course of medical treatment or for a scientific experiment.

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protocols in Science
protocol
  (prō'tə-kôl', -kōl')   
  1. The plan for a course of medical treatment or for a scientific experiment.

  2. A set of standardized procedures for transmitting or storing data, especially those used in regulating data transmission between computers or peripherals.


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protocols in Culture

protocols definition


Agreed-upon standards and practices in technology (particularly information technology) that allow systems manufactured by many different companies to be compatible with each other and work within common larger systems. Protocols are established by industry trade groups, governments, or some combination thereof.

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