The dispatcher in Cleveland, it appears, was not following a protocol, if there even was one, but freelancing a response.
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Mr McGuinness, for protocol reasons, said he would not disclose her specific response.
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Something there is very little of in the present protocol of cancer.
I once had to write a protocol based on the testimony of a famous scholar who was witness in a small affair.
There has been a question of such a protocol, but great difficulties have arisen.
Let alone that I wasted an hour or two, that protocol, though rewritten, was full of corrections and erasures.
Dropped that of the other's as soon as protocol would permit.
The protocol can then be finally and definitively printed and approved at the beginning of the next meeting of the Conference.
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."
protocol pro·to·col (prō'tə-kôl', -kōl')
The plan for a course of medical treatment or for a scientific experiment.
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 messages etc.
Many protocols are defined by RFCs or by OSI.
See also handshaking.