the customs and regulations dealing with diplomatic formality, precedence, and etiquette.
an original draft, minute, or record from which a document, especially a treaty, is prepared.
a supplementary international agreement.
an agreement between states.
an annex to a treaty giving data relating to it.
Medicine/Medical. the plan for carrying out a scientific study or a patient's treatment regimen.
Computers. a set of rules governing the format of messages that are exchanged between computers.
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.
to draft or issue a protocol.
In Medieval Latin prōtocollum acquired the meaning “draft (of a document), minutes (of a meeting), public register, a document bearing an official seal.” By the middle of the 19th century, French developed the sense “official norms of behavior or etiquette to be maintained between states and their ministers; the accepted and customary codes of behavior in polite society.” In late 19th-century Russia, protocol ( protokól ) meant “an official police record of a case or incident,” its meaning in the infamous “Protocols [ protokóly ] of the Elders of Zion,” first published in Russia in 1903.
- pro·to·col·ar [proh-tuh-kol-er], /ˌproʊ təˈkɒl ər/, pro·to·col·a·ry, pro·to·col·ic, adjective
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How to use protocol in a sentence
They have the flexibility to do it and with no-contact protocols in place, it’s perfectly safe.Restaurants throw away a lot of food. These volunteers pick it up first and take it to people who are hungry. | Cathy Free | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
The NHL, less than a month into an abbreviated season that has already seen 35 games postponed, announced new covid-19 protocols Thursday night in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus.NHL adds game-day rapid testing to coronavirus protocols | Samantha Pell | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
To check for safety protocols and potential closures, visit the individual websites before you go.
Many covid apps use the Google-Apple protocol, which is a system that keeps users anonymous.The UK’s covid app made a serious difference during the winter surge | Lindsay Muscato | February 11, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Twitter recently posted an update to its Bluesky project, which is aimed at developing open protocols for a decentralized, Twitter-like social network.
The new information consisted of Internet protocol addresses that Comey said are “exclusively used” by North Korea.
And in a big departure from established royal protocol, Prince George might even get a—gasp—present to open on Christmas Day.
There were not just one, not two but THREE breaches of protocol last night.
What should the protocol be for engaging people on the street who offer unsolicited “compliments?”
“New Jersey is not changing its quarantine protocol,” Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts told reporters in a statement.
For a month before the protocol was signed the relations between Spaniards and Americans were verging towards a crisis.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Three days later, on May 8, a protocol was signed concerning the Danish succession.A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year | Edwin Emerson
See the list of members in the protocol of the proceedings first published in the Bulletin de la Socit de l'hist.History of the Rise of the Huguenots | Henry Baird
At the end of the day, every Internet protocol is just a sequence of text sent back and forth in a prescribed order.Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
Domain Name Service is an interesting and ancient Internet protocol, dating back to 1983.Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for protocol
the formal etiquette and code of behaviour, precedence, and procedure for state and diplomatic ceremonies
a memorandum or record of an agreement, esp one reached in international negotiations, a meeting, etc
a record of data or observations on a particular experiment or proceeding
an annexe appended to a treaty to deal with subsidiary matters or to render the treaty more lucid
a formal international agreement or understanding on some matter
an amendment to a treaty or convention
philosophy a statement that is immediately verifiable by experience: In full: protocol statement See logical positivism
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
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Scientific definitions for protocol
The plan for a course of medical treatment or for a scientific experiment.
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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