from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The groove at either end of a bow for holding the bowstring.
  • n. The notch in the end of an arrow that fits on the bowstring.
  • transitive v. To put a nock in (a bow or arrow).
  • transitive v. To fit (an arrow) to a bowstring.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Either of the two grooves in a bow that hold the bowstring.
  • n. The notch at the rear of an arrow that fits on the bowstring.
  • n. Common misspelling of knock.
  • v. To fit an arrow against the bowstring of a bow or crossbow.
  • v. To cut a nock in (usually in an arrow's base or the tips of a bow).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A notch.
  • n. The upper fore corner of a boom sail or of a trysail.
  • transitive v. To notch; to fit to the string, as an arrow; to string, as a bow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To notch; make a notch in.
  • To place the notch of (the shaft or arrow) upon the string ready for shooting.
  • n. A notch; specifically, in archery, the notch on the end of an arrow (or the notched end itself), which rests on the string when shooting, or either of the notches on the horns of the bow where the string is fastened.
  • n. In sail-making, the foremost upper corner of boom-sails, and of staysails cut with a square tack.
  • n. The fundament; the breech.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make small marks into the surface of


Middle English nokke.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Attested since the 14th century, probably from a Scandinavian language (compare Swedish nockĀ ("notch"), but compare Dutch nok. (Wiktionary)



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