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Hickok - Archer Glossary
Category: Sport and Leisure > Archery terms
Date & country: 16/08/2008, US
Words: 49


anchor
The point on the face where the archer holds the fingers at full draw

armguard
A device that protects the bow arm from abrasion by the string

back
The side of the bow farthest from the archer

backing
Reinforcement on the back of the bow

bare bow
A bow without sights

belly
The side of the bow nearest the archer

bracing
Bending the bow to place the string in the notches

broadhead
A sharpened steel point used in bow hunting

bulls-eye
The gold center circle on a target

center-shot
A cutout section above the grip that allows the archer to shoot through the center of the bow, rather than from one side

cock feather
The feather that's placed at right angles to the string when the arrow is nocked

creeping
Slight forward movement of the arrow point before actual release

cresting
Distinctive color markings on an arrow to identify the owner in scoring

end
A group of arrows that are shot before being retrieved from the target and scored. Usually six, sometimes three

eye
The end loop of a bow string

finger tab
A piece of leather that protects the string fingers

FITA round
A round of 144 arrows, with 36 shot from each of four distances

fletching
The feathers that help stabilize the arrow during flight

flu-flu
An arrow with over-sized feathers, used in bird hunting

footed shaft
A shaft that has a hardwood section on its front end

freestyle
A bow that has sights. Also, competition conducted with such bows

group
The pattern of arrows shot on target during an end

hanging arrow
An arrow that hangs down because it hasn't penetrated deeply into the target

jar
Lack of smooth action in the bow after release

kisser button
A device attached to the bowstring that touches the archer's lips when the string is at full draw

limb
Part of the bow from the riser (handle) to the tip

loose
To release

matt
Straw disk behind the target face

nock
An attachment that holds the arrow in in place on the bow string. As a verb, to place the arrow on the string

over-bowed
Said of an archer who is using too heavy a bow. See weight

perfect end
An end in which the archer shoots all bulls-eyes

quarrel
A crossbow arrow

quiver
A case for holding arrows

recurve
A bow whose tips curve away from the archer

release
The act of letting go of the string to launch the arrow

release aid
A mechanical device that allows smoother release of the arrow

riser
The bow's handle

Robin Hood
The feat of driving the tip of an arrow into the end of another arrow that's already in the target. Named, of course, for Robin Hood's legendary accomplishment

round
A certain number of arrows, shot from established distances, in competition. A round is made up of ends, as a baseball game is made up of innings

self bow
A bow made of a single piece of wood

serving
A wrapping of thread that prevents wear on the bowstring

sight
A device on the bow that allows the archer to take aim on the target

skirt
The part of the target outside the scoring area

spent arrow
An arrow that has traveled too far to be effective

spine
A measurement of bow stiffness

stabilizer
A weight mounted on a bow to minimize undesirable torque of the bow string upon release

tackle
Archery equipment

Timber
A cry of warning that an arrow has been, or is about to be, released. (Similar to 'Fore!' in golf.)

weight
The number of pounds of force required to pull the bowstring back 28 inches