• WordNet 3.6
    • v nock make small marks into the surface of "score the clay before firing it"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nock A notch. "He took his arrow by the nock ."
    • Nock (Naut) The upper fore corner of a boom sail or of a trysail.
    • v. t Nock To notch; to fit to the string, as an arrow; to string, as a bow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nock 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 nock In sail-making, the foremost upper corner of boom-sails, and of staysails cut with a square tack.
    • n nock The fundament; the breech.
    • nock To notch; make a notch in.
    • nock To place the notch of (the shaft or arrow) upon the string ready for shooting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nock nok the forward upper end of a sail that sets with a boom: a notch, esp. that on the butt-end of an arrow for the string.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Notch
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Notch.


In literature:

I put my hair up, and was just finished, when mother nocked.
"Bab: A Sub-Deb" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
The archers stood in groups about the decks, new-stringing their bows, and testing that they were firm at the nocks.
"The White Company" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Each drew his string from its waterproof case and bent the huge arc of his war-bow as he fitted it into the nocks.
"Sir Nigel" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Then Walter stooped down and gat his bow into his hand, and stood before the Maid, while he nocked an arrow.
"The Wood Beyond the World" by William Morris
I see, by the papers, you're up on your mussle, and are about to cave in Prushy's head, unless Prushy nocks you out of time.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1. No. 20, August 13, 1870" by Various
She can nock the spots off from any woman who wears a waterfall, gettin' up a good square meal.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 18, July 30, 1870" by Various
In their fancy it took the form of a huge turtle, and so they bestowed upon it the name of Moc-che-ne-nock-e-nung.
"Bay State Monthly, Vol. II, No. 1, October, 1884" by Various
I said nothing to my friend, but dropped the rein upon my horse's nock, and removed one of the caps of the nipple.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
Brother of me, Nock, him there.
"Man of Many Minds" by E. Everett Evans
The Spoke which now is highest in her Wheel may, when she gives it the next good Twist, be undermost as Nock.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 2 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
He saw the Armenians unslinging their bows and nocking arrows.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Daoud whipped a second arrow from the quiver hanging at his side, nocked it, and took quick aim.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
He ran to the foredeck and knelt on one knee, arrow nocked and ready.
"The Pirates of Shan" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Lyddy had it nocked down to her for sixty cents.
"The Girls of Hillcrest Farm" by Amy Bell Marlowe
Mr. GOSHEN apollergised for the absense of the pore 1st Lord of the Tresury, who was quite nocked up with setting up so late.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, August 20, 1887." by Various
BAN'NOCK, a cake made of oatmeal, barley-meal, or peasemeal baked on an iron plate or griddle over the fire.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
The "bob-tail" diminishes from the pile to the nock; the "chested" tapers from the middle to the pile.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4" by Various
But you should have brought the nock of your arrow down more towards your ear.
"Captain Kyd (Vol 1 of 2)" by Jonathon Holt Ingraham
Come, big "Sam Nock," king of two-ouncers, what is to be the fate of these two great plumbs that you are now to swallow?
"The International Monthly, Volume 4, No. 1, August, 1851" by Various
Niggers jest lay down and give up when anything suddint turns up like extry stomiks but white gals aint nocked out by sich things.
"The Carter Girls" by Nell Speed

In news:

we only nocked out a few walls and cut a wall down in the bathroom to give it a larger look.
View full size Beau Rivage presents " Fata Morgana ," a cirque-style show featuring daredevil Bello Nock, with eight shows weekly through Aug 19.
The next act is called The Nerveless Nocks Sway Pole Act.
Funeral service for Michael Nock of Fairmont, MN, and formerly of Emmetsburg, will be at 10:30 am Thursday, March 1, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg.
The compositions here are finely wrought and defy description, as they filter Nock 's broad exposure into a personal vision and openness of spirit.
Nock 's compositions are tough-minded and individualistic, yet somehow primeval and pristine.
He's the youngest of four sons born into a Sarasota circus family that booked long stints at theme parks during Nock 's youth to provide a sense of stability on the road.
A funeral mass to celebrate the life of Mary Louise ( Oviedo ) Arias, 75, of Somerville, is set for 10:00 am Monday, November 12, 2012 at St Ann's Catholic Church in Somerville with Fr Nock Russell as Celebrant.
View full size Beau Rivage presents "Fata Morgana," a cirque-style show featuring daredevil Bello Nock, with eight shows weekly through Aug 19.
Bryan Eaton/Staff Photo Maria Hogan gets out of a Ferrari at Nock Middle School as most of her classmates took the bus to school yesterday.
It took aerialist Bello Nock about 13 minutes to walk a high wire Thursday on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Nock did the walk with no net or padding below.
A comic daredevil named Bello Nock walked a high wire from one end of Biloxi's Beau Rivage Casino to the other Thursday.
Claudia Henry, Richard Nock, Frank Nielsen.
Coleman Nocks statement to court.

In science:

In particular, we prove a specific convergence rate for the exponential loss (reported in our experiments) far better than the general rate of Nock and Nielsen (2009).
Boosting k-NN for categorization of natural scenes
Their minimization remarkably impacts on that of the empirical risk, thus enabling to provide minimization algorithms with good generalization properties (Nock and Nielsen, 2009).
Boosting k-NN for categorization of natural scenes
Journal of the American Statistical Association Nock R, Nielsen F (2009) On the efficient minimization of classification calibrated surrogates.
Boosting k-NN for categorization of natural scenes
Proofsketch of Theorem 2 Using developments analogous to those of Nock and Nielsen (2009), UNN can be shown to be equivalent to AdaBoost in which m weak classifiers are available, each one being an example.
Boosting k-NN for categorization of natural scenes
Bright’s quote is in Albert Jay Nock, Our Enemy the State (1935), Part III, Chapter 2.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days