protocol-n; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: format and transmission rules for computer communications

Commentary: PROTOCOL[+entity][+symbolic][+rule][+format][+communication][+computer] Technical specifications for how digital information is formatted

FTP is a file transfer protocol that enables users to copy files between their local computer and a remote network.
HTTP is a protocol that transfers hypertext requests and information between computer servers and browsers.
John is an expert on computer network protocols.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: codes of social conduct, rules of etiquette

Commentary: PROTOCOL[+entity][+symbolic][+rule][+convention][+etiquette][+social] Norms of conduct, social behavior

Protocol prohibits the Crown Prince from making public statements in his defense.
What is the correct protocol at conferences when one's neighbor dozes during a talk?
It was certainly a breach of protocol for him to decline acceptance of a Nobel prize.
Bob didn't seem to understand the protocols required of a host at a formal dinner party.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3

Sense Number 3: official written record of diplomatic agreements, treaty

Commentary: PROTOCOL[+entity][+artifact][+document][+record][+official][+diplomatic][+agreement]

Both nations have agreed to abide by the new protocol.
Negotiators are drawing up new protocols that will specify emission standards for the member countries.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 4: official written record of scientific or medical experiment

Commentary: PROTOCOL[+entity][+artifact][+document][+record][+official][+experimental][+procedure][+medical/+scientific]

The protocol specifies the amount of increased dosage of the medication per successive administration of it.
The drug manufacturer did not follow the published protocols for this new drug.
A review by peer scientists is challenging the protocol described in this experiment.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 3