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PROTOCOL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does protocol mean? 

PROTOCOL (noun)
  The noun PROTOCOL has 3 senses:

1. (computer science) rules determining the format and transmission of data
2. forms of ceremony and etiquette observed by diplomats and heads of state
3. code of correct conduct

  Familiarity information: PROTOCOL used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PROTOCOL (noun)


Sense 1protocol [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(computer science) rules determining the format and transmission of data

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

communications protocol; protocol

Hypernyms ("protocol" is a kind of...):

prescript; rule (prescribed guide for conduct or action)

Domain category:

computer science; computing (the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "protocol"):

file transfer protocol; FTP (protocol that allows users to copy files between their local system and any system they can reach on the network)

HTTP; hypertext transfer protocol (a protocol (utilizing TCP) to transfer hypertext requests and information between servers and browsers)

MIDI; musical instrument digital interface (a standard protocol for communication between electronic musical instruments and computers)

TCP; transmission control protocol (a protocol developed for the internet to get data from one network device to another)

TCP/IP; transmission control protocol/internet protocol (a set of protocols (including TCP) developed for the internet in the 1970s to get data from one network device to another)


Sense 2protocol [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Forms of ceremony and etiquette observed by diplomats and heads of state

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("protocol" is a kind of...):

etiquette (rules governing socially acceptable behavior)


Sense 3protocol [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Code of correct conduct

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context examples:

safety protocols / academic protocol

Hypernyms ("protocol" is a kind of...):

code of behavior; code of conduct (a set of conventional principles and expectations that are considered binding on any person who is a member of a particular group)


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