nock

[ nok ]
/ nɒk /

noun

a metal or plastic piece at the end of an arrow, having a notch for the bowstring.
a notch or groove at the end of an arrow into which the bowstring fits.
a notch or groove at each end of a bow, to hold the bowstring in place.
Nautical. throat(def 6a).

verb (used with object)

to furnish with a nock.
to adjust (the arrow) to the bowstring, in readiness to shoot.

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Origin of nock

1325–75; Middle English nok(ke) (noun); akin to Dutch nok, Low German nok(ke) tip
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British Dictionary definitions for nock

nock
/ (nɒk) /

noun

a notch on an arrow that fits on the bowstring
either of the grooves at each end of a bow that hold the bowstring

verb (tr)

to fit (an arrow) on a bowstring
to put a groove or notch in (a bow or arrow)

Word Origin for nock

C14: related to Swedish nock tip
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