1. a metal or plastic piece at the end of an arrow, having a notch for the bowstring.
  2. a notch or groove at the end of an arrow into which the bowstring fits.
  3. a notch or groove at each end of a bow, to hold the bowstring in place.
  4. Nautical. throat(def 6a).

verb (used with object)

  1. to furnish with a nock.
  2. to adjust (the arrow) to the bowstring, in readiness to shoot.


  1. a notch on an arrow that fits on the bowstring
  2. either of the grooves at each end of a bow that hold the bowstring

verb (tr)

  1. to fit (an arrow) on a bowstring
  2. to put a groove or notch in (a bow or arrow)

v.“fit (an arrow) to a bowstring,” 1510s, from nock (n.). Related: Nocked; nocking. n.“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.

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