1. [syn: transmission control protocol, TCP]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
transmission control protocol
n 1: a protocol developed for the internet to get data from one
network device to another; "TCP uses a retransmission
strategy to insure that data will not be lost in
transmission" [syn: transmission control protocol, TCP]
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
Transmission Control Protocol
(TCP) The most common transport layer
protocol used on Ethernet and the Internet. It was
developed by DARPA.
TCP is the connection-oriented protocol built on top of
Internet Protocol (IP) and is nearly always seen in the
combination TCP/IP (TCP over IP). It adds reliable
communication and flow-control and provides full-duplex,
TCP is defined in STD 7 and RFC 793.
User Datagram Protocol is the other, connectionless,
protocol that runs on top of IP.