- 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).
- to furnish with a nock.
- to adjust (the arrow) to the bowstring, in readiness to shoot.
Origin of nock
Examples from the Web for nock
In each of the tips of horn is a notch for the string called "the nock."How to Fence
Aaron A. Warford
Scarcely had Johnny stepped back to nock an arrow, than the other saw him.The Arrow of Fire
Roy J. Snell
This is the application of the nock of the arrow to its proper place on the string.The Theory and Practice of Archery
In each of the tips of the horns is a notch for the string, called the nock.The Art of Entertaining
M. E. W. Sherwood
He thought seriously for several moments, then telepathed Nock.Man of Many Minds
E. Everett Evans
- a notch on an arrow that fits on the bowstring
- either of the grooves at each end of a bow that hold the bowstring
- to fit (an arrow) on a bowstring
- to put a groove or notch in (a bow or arrow)
Word Origin and History for nock
"notch on a bow," late 14c., of uncertain origin, probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish nock "notch"), but cf. also Low German nokk, Dutch nok "tip of a sail." Perhaps connected to nook.
"fit (an arrow) to a bowstring," 1510s, from nock (n.). Related: Nocked; nocking.