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backpack

noun back·pack \ ˈbak-ˌpak \
|Updated on: 13 Jul 2018

Definition of backpack

1 a : a load carried on the back
b : a camping pack (as of canvas or nylon) supported by a usually aluminum frame and carried on the back
c : knapsack
2 : a piece of equipment designed for use while being carried on the back

Examples of backpack in a Sentence

  1. stuffed her backpack with so many books that she could barely walk

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First Known Use of backpack

1897

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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backpack

verb

Definition of backpack

backpacked; backpacking; backpacks
: to carry (food or equipment) on the back especially in hiking
: to hike with a backpack

backpacker

noun

Examples of backpack in a Sentence

  1. After college, she backpacked through Europe.

  2. We're planning to go backpacking in a national park this summer.

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First Known Use of backpack

1899

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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BACKPACK Defined for English Language Learners

backpack

Definition of backpack for English Language Learners

  • : a bag for carrying things that has two shoulder straps and is carried on the back


backpack

Definition of backpack for English Language Learners

  • : to hike or travel with a backpack


BACKPACK Defined for Kids

backpack

noun back·pack \ ˈbak-ˌpak \

Definition of backpack for Students

: a bag worn on the back for carrying things


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