nock

noun
\ ˈnäk How to pronounce nock (audio) \

Definition of nock

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one of the notches cut in either of two tips of horn fastened on the ends of a bow or in the bow itself for holding the string
2a : the part of an arrow having a notch for the bowstring
b : the notch itself

nock

verb
nocked; nocking; nocks

Definition of nock (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make a nock in (a bow or arrow)
2 : to fit (an arrow) against the bowstring

Examples of nock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Use the taper tool, which resembles an oversized pencil sharpener, to taper one end of the shaft to fit your nock. Andrew Del-colle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Your Own Bow and Arrow By Hand," 16 Aug. 2020 Use clear fletching cement or instant glue to attach a nock to the tapered end of the shaft. Andrew Del-colle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Your Own Bow and Arrow By Hand," 16 Aug. 2020 The bolt is supported in the bow via a traditional nock and a rest up front; there is no contact with a barrel, and that’s a recipe for excellent accuracy. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "The Best New Hunting Crossbows of the Year," 7 May 2020 Step 3: Use the taper tool, which resembles an oversized pencil sharpener, to taper one end of the shaft to fit your nock. Andrew Del-colle And Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Bow and Arrow By Hand," 5 June 2018 This technique allows for a very fast draw, nock and release, which can be rapidly and accurately repeated. Ralph Winingham, San Antonio Express-News, "Ancient martial art combines horseback riding, archery skills," 24 May 2018 Step 6: Use clear fletching cement or instant glue to attach a nock to the tapered end of the shaft. Andrew Del-colle And Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Bow and Arrow By Hand," 5 June 2018 Step 3: Use the taper tool, which resembles an oversized pencil sharpener, to taper one end of the shaft to fit your nock. Andrew Del-colle And Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Bow and Arrow By Hand," 5 June 2018 This technique allows for a very fast draw, nock and release, which can be rapidly and accurately repeated. Ralph Winingham, San Antonio Express-News, "Ancient martial art combines horseback riding, archery skills," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of nock

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nock

Noun

Middle English nocke notched tip on the end of a bow; akin to Middle Dutch nocke summit

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8 Oct 2020

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“Nock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nock. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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