Protocol is a set of rules for communication across a network. Most protocols confine themselves to one or more layers of the OSI reference model.

Protocol is a formal, standardized set of operating rules governing the format, timing and error control of data transmissions and other activities on a network.

Protocol is the original record of an experiment or the notes and materials of a clinical interview, diagnosis or treatment.

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Protocol
- The original copy of any writing, as of a deed, treaty, dispatch, or other instrument.
- The minutes, or rough draught, of an instrument or transaction.
- A preliminary document upon the basis of which negotiations are carried on.
- A convention not formally ratified.
- An agreement of diplomatists indicating the results reached by them at a particular stage of a negotiation.
2. Protocol
- To make or write protocols, or first draughts; to issue protocols.
3. Protocol
- To make a protocol of.
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