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.
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How to use nock in a sentence
The archers stood in groups about the decks, new-stringing their bows, and testing that they were firm at the nocks.The White Company | Arthur Conan Doyle
Each drew his string from its waterproof case and bent the huge arc of his war-bow as he fitted it into the nocks.Sir Nigel | Arthur Conan Doyle
At the tips it was curved gently backward and measured at the nocks three-quarters by one-half an inch.
At the nocks he surrounded the wood completely and added a circular binding about the bow.
Having got the bow down to rough proportions, the next thing is to cut two temporary nocks on it, very near the ends.
British Dictionary definitions for nock
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)
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