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 ).
verb (used with object)
to furnish with a nock.
to adjust (the arrow) to the bowstring, in readiness to shoot.

1325–75; Middle English nok(ke) (noun); akin to Dutch nok, Low German nok(ke) tip Unabridged
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nock (nɒk)
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
3.  to fit (an arrow) on a bowstring
4.  to put a groove or notch in (a bow or arrow)
[C14: related to Swedish nock tip]

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Word Origin & History

"notch on a bow," late 14c., probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Swed. nock "notch"), but cf. also Low Ger. nokk, Du. nok "tip of a sail."
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Example sentences
Only thread knots or heat shrink nock locators will be permitted to be used.
Only thread knots or plastic shrink nock locators will be permitted to be used.
Please tie-on nock locators with serving string once the factory nock locator needs to be replaced.
If two nock locators are used, the arrow nock must be placed between them.
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