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 Anti-Dry Fire (ADF) and nock sensors increase safety and boost peace of mind. Jace Bauserman, Outdoor Life, 7 Jan. 2021 The Vector-Quad cable technology, which uses four cables rather than two, eliminates cam lean and generates straight nock travel. Jace Bauserman, Outdoor Life, 7 Jan. 2021 The bolt is supported in the bow via a traditional nock and a rest at the front of the bow; there is no contact with a barrel in between, and that’s a recipe for excellent accuracy. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 20 Nov. 2020 The bolt is supported in the bow via a traditional nock and a rest at the front of the bow; there is no contact with a barrel in between, and that’s a recipe for excellent accuracy. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 20 Nov. 2020 The bolt is supported in the bow via a traditional nock and a rest at the front of the bow; there is no contact with a barrel in between, and that’s a recipe for excellent accuracy. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 20 Nov. 2020 The bolt is supported in the bow via a traditional nock and a rest at the front of the bow; there is no contact with a barrel in between, and that’s a recipe for excellent accuracy. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 20 Nov. 2020 The bolt is supported in the bow via a traditional nock and a rest at the front of the bow; there is no contact with a barrel in between, and that’s a recipe for excellent accuracy. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 20 Nov. 2020 The bolt is supported in the bow via a traditional nock and a rest at the front of the bow; there is no contact with a barrel in between, and that’s a recipe for excellent accuracy. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 20 Nov. 2020 See More

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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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“Nock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nock. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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