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backpack

[bak-pak]
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noun
  1. a pack or knapsack, often of canvas or nylon, to be carried on one's back, sometimes supported on a lightweight metal frame strapped to the body.
  2. a piece of equipment designed to be used while being carried on the back.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to go on a hike, using a backpack: We went backpacking in the Adirondacks.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to place or carry in a backpack or on one's back.
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Origin of backpack

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; back1 + pack1
Related formsback·pack·er, noun
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Related Words

knapsackpackrucksackhaversack

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  • Laughing, he picked up his backpack, turned on his heel and hurried away.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • They had a little table between them with the contents of my wallet and backpack spread out on it.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • "Handsome glassware," Auguste said, seating himself and carefully setting his backpack between his feet.

    Shaman

    Robert Shea

  • Opening his backpack, he took out his leather medicine bag and drew out the stones one by one, rubbing his fingers over each.

    Shaman

    Robert Shea


British Dictionary definitions for backpack

backpack

noun
  1. a rucksack or knapsack
  2. a pack carried on the back of an astronaut, containing oxygen cylinders, essential supplies, etc
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verb
  1. (intr) to travel about or go hiking with a backpack
  2. (tr) to transport (food or equipment) by backpack
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Derived Formsbackpacker, nounbackpacking, noun
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Word Origin and History for backpack

1914 as a noun, 1916 as a verb, from back (n.) + pack (n.). Related: Backpacked; backpacking.

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