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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Protocol  \Pro"to*col\,  n.  [F.  protocole,  LL  protocollum  fr 
  Gr  ?  the  first  leaf  glued  to  the  rolls  of  papyrus  and  the 
  notarial  documents,  on  which  the  date  was  written;  prw^tos 
  the  first  (see  {Proto-})  +  ?  glue.] 
  1.  The  original  copy  of  any  writing,  as  of  a  deed,  treaty, 
  dispatch,  or  other  instrument.  --Burrill. 
 
  2.  The  minutes,  or  rough  draught,  of  an  instrument  or 
  transaction. 
 
  3.  (Diplomacy) 
  a  A  preliminary  document  upon  the  basis  of  which 
  negotiations  are  carried  on 
  b  A  convention  not  formally  ratified. 
  c  An  agreement  of  diplomatists  indicating  the  results 
  reached  by  them  at  a  particular  stage  of  a 
  negotiation. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Protocol  \Pro"to*col\,  v.  t. 
  To  make  a  protocol  of 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Protocol  \Pro"to*col\,  v.  i. 
  To  make  or  write  protocols,  or  first  draughts;  to  issue 
  protocols.  --Carlyle. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  protocol 
  n  1:  (computer  science)  rules  determining  the  format  and 
  transmission  of  data  [syn:  {communications  protocol}] 
  2:  forms  of  ceremony  and  etiquette  observed  by  diplomats  and 
  heads  of  state 
  3:  code  of  correct  conduct:  "safety  protocols";  "academic 
  protocol" 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  protocol  n.  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}. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  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  set}s,  sequencing  of 
  messages  etc 
 
  Many  protocols  are  defined  by  {RFC}s  or  by  {OSI}. 
 
  See  also  {handshaking}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1995-01-12) 
 
 




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