This archery glossary is still very much a work in progress. Please feel free to send additions or corrections to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We are also indebted to the invaluable "Reference guide for recurve archers"  edited by Murray Elliot for many of the descriptions.

Arrow Rest

Arrow Rest (plate and rest with W&W logo) installed on bow.

A shelf on the side of the bow which supports the arrow.


Archer (left) shooting Barebow.

A bow (primarily a recurve bow) shot with no sights or other aiming devices and no stablisers.  



Straw or foam backstop to which the target face is pinned.



A guard made of leather or other firm material which is worn on the forearm of the bow hand to protect it from the string after the loose.

Chest Guard

Chest Guard

Protective clothing used to prevent the string catching on the archer's clothes or body. 


Clicker (shown with the arrow at almost full draw)

A device, usually a thin strip of metal, which is fitted to the side of a bow and one end of which rests against the arrow. As the point of the arrow comes past the clicker, the metal is released to strike the edge of the bow with a sharp 'click'. This is the moment for the archer to loose. 

Compound Bow

Compound Bow

Bows where a system of cams and pullies are used to produce a bow with a high peak draw weight but a much lower weight at full draw. 


Fletchings (in yellow)

The feathers or coloured plastic “wings” attached towards the rear of an arrow which stablise the arrow in flight.



The "arms" of the bow which fit into the riser and give the bow its power.


Longbow at full draw.

A traditional wooden bow where the strung bow forms a D-shape i.e. with the string only touching the bow at the tips.


Arrow Nocks (in blue).

The slots in the tips of a bow, made to take the string, also the slot in the end of the arrow. To 'nock' an arrow is to place it on the string.

Pressure Button

Pressure Button shown fitted with the sprung tip (gold) protruding though the arrow rest.

A pressure or Berger button is a spring-loaded plunger button that is used to absorb some of the sideways force of the arrow after release. 


Archer with Quiver

A case or tube for holding arrows and other archer's accessories, generally worn at the waist attached to a belt.

Recurve Bow

Recurve Bow

Any bow where the tips of the limbs curve away from the archer so that the string touches a section of the limb when the bow is strung. 



Letting go of the string to send the arrow toward the target. Sounds simple..and is probably the most difficult part of archery!

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