backpack

noun
back·pack | \ ˈbak-ˌpak \

Definition of backpack 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

backpack

verb
backpacked; backpacking; backpacks

Definition of backpack (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to carry (food or equipment) on the back especially in hiking

intransitive verb

: to hike with a backpack

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Other words from backpack

Verb

backpacker noun

Synonyms for backpack

Synonyms: Noun

knapsack, pack, packsack, rucksack

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Examples of backpack in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

After college, she backpacked through Europe. We're planning to go backpacking in a national park this summer.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Current state laws allow for students to have guns in their backpacks. Matthew Choi, star-telegram, "Guns chill free speech, UT Austin professors will argue at federal appeals court," 11 July 2018 Graduating eighth graders from a school in Pennsylvania were given bulletproof shields for their backpacks Monday in preparation for high school. Time, "Students at a Pennsylvania School Were Given Bulletproof Shields for Their Backbacks," 6 June 2018 Last year, the company brought that same aesthetic to backpacks. Alex Tzelnic, Outside Online, "The Heimplanet 20L Arc Is a Nearly Perfect Daypack," 24 May 2018 Attach a durable, waterproof Tile Sport to your backpack or your cooler to be a little less scatterbrained on your outdoor adventures. Wired Staff, WIRED, "The Brand New HTC Vive Pro, and 8 Other Great Weekend Deals," 7 Apr. 2018 Not a stranger to the widely popular backpack and luggage streetwear brand, Young Thug has been sporting Sprayground for a few years now. Ashley Lyle, Billboard, "Sprayground and Young Thug Unveil Backpack Collection Collaboration: Exclusive," 20 Mar. 2018 For the Hiker: Bose SoundLink Micro Another portable speaker with small size, but big sound, the SoundLink Micro has a rubber strap built in to easily attach it to a backpack, bike, or even the dog’s leash. Sunset, "7 Great Portable Speakers for Your Next Adventure," 22 Jan. 2018 Police were called to Minnehaha Regional Park on Tuesday after a 911 caller reported teens with sticks, knives and a possible gun in a backpack, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board said in a statement Wednesday. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "A police officer pointed his gun at 4 unarmed, black teens. Now police are investigating," 12 July 2018 The Forsyth County, Georgia, educator had one last wish for her funeral: instead of flowers, bring backpacks full of school supplies. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, ""A teacher to the end" makes final request for her funeral as a way to help students," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For the past few years, McWilliams, originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been backpacking around the United States and Canada, making money on odd jobs and as an outdoors survival instructor. Patty Hodapp, Outside Online, "The Man Who Survived a Rattler, Bear, and Shark Attack," 10 July 2018 Here are seven ways to keep your backpacking gear working like new for a long, long time. Bryan Rogala, Outside Online, "Keep Your Backpacking Gear Working Like New," 24 May 2018 White was backpacking alone and snapped photos of the grizzly before the attack. Anchorage Daily News, "The killing of an Eagle River hiker marks the 6th fatal bear attack in Alaska in the past 10 years. Here are the others.," 21 June 2018 But for day hiking, overnight backpacking, biking, and cragging, the always-venting hard shell worked really well. Matt Jancer, Outside Online, "A Eulogy to the Sierra Designs Ultralight Trench," 12 June 2018 The shelters are the closest spot for backpacking for Milwaukeeans, offering a slice of wilderness in the most developed part of the state. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 remote campsites in Wisconsin for peace and quiet," 14 May 2018 Folks come to backpack for days in the 517,000-acre Trinity Alps Wilderness or to wander along the frothy McCloud River Trail to a series of cascading falls, some as high as 50 feet. Tim Neville, Outside Online, "The Definitive Guide to Visiting the Pacific Northwest," 24 May 2018 The Chinese government claims Sneddon -- an experienced traveler who had served as a missionary in South Korea -- plunged to his death while backpacking through Tiger Leaping Gorge and drowned. Alex Diaz, Fox News, "North Korea, Trump have more than nukes to discuss at historic sit-down, experts say," 4 May 2018 Early In prime locations in the Mountain West, backpacking season has three reliable months: July, August, and September. Andrew Skurka, Outside Online, "More Backpacking, Less Planning," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of backpack

Noun

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1899, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of backpack was in 1897

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backpack

noun

English Language Learners Definition of backpack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

backpack

verb

English Language Learners Definition of backpack (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hike or travel with a backpack

backpack

noun
back·pack | \ ˈbak-ˌpak \

Kids Definition of backpack

: a bag worn on the back for carrying things

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