Archery Terms used in the York Round
Allowance.— The distance of change in aim to compensate for the
drifting of an arrow.
Bow-arm.— The left arm.
Bow-hand.— The left hand
Compass.— To keep compass is to preserve the proper elevation of
the arrow in shooting.
Cut the gold.— An arrow is said to cut the gold when in falling
short it apparently drops across the gold.
Elevation.— The height of the bow-hand in aiming.
End.— The number of arrows shot before walking to the opposite target.
By the rules of
the York Round three arrows to each archer constitute an end.
Fast.— A command to stop. Used when some one is about to pass between
the archer and the target.
Gone.— An arrow is said to be gone when it will fly beyond the target.
He! He!— The time-honored word of call used by archers in hailing
each other from a distance.
Hit.—The striking of the target with an arrow.
Home.— An arrow is home when drawn to the pile.
Horn Spoon.— Hitting the outer edge of the target, beyond the white.
Keeping a Length.— Shooting exactly the right distance or length.
Length.— The distance from the archer to the target he is to shoot
Limb.— The upper and lower limbs of a bow are the parts above and
below the handle.
Nock.— The notch of a bow or arrow.
Nocking-point.— A mark on the string where the arrow should always
be placed in shooting.
Over-bowed.— An archer is over-bowed when he tries to shoot too
strong a bow.
Pair.— Three arrows are termed a pair.
Pile.— The head of an arrow.
Self-bow.— A bow made of one piece of wood.
Snake.— An arrow snakes when it slips under the grass.
Stele.— The wooden part of an arrow, sometimes including the horn
Tab.— A flat piece of leather used in place of finger tips or shooting
Tips.— Stalls of leather for the three first fingers of the right
Under-bowed.— Having too weak a bow.
Wag.— An arrow is said to wag when it vibrates in the air.
Weight.— A bow's weight is marked by the number of pounds in power
required to draw an arrow on it to the pile.
Wide.— An arrow is wide when it flies to one side or the other
of the target.
Wind.— The wind is up when it blows from the target to the
shooter. Blowing the reverse it is down. When it blows at right
angles to the range it is a side-wind. A wind is called quartering
when it makes an acute angle with the range.