backpack

noun
back·​pack | \ ˈbak-ˌpak How to pronounce backpack (audio) \

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

kit bag, 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

The suspect fled the store with the scanner in his backpack. Rachel Spacek, The Mercury News, "Campbell crime report for the week of July 12," 3 July 2019 That’s what happened June 19, when a backpack containing nine commercial mortars was discovered in the San Diego riverbed in the Mission Gorge area. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Officials remind revelers that setting off your own fireworks is illegal — and can be dangerous," 1 July 2019 It’s unclear if that person is the same man who News 6-WKMG captured on video with what appeared to be an AR-15 in his backpack being questioned by Secret Service agents. Michael Williams, orlandosentinel.com, "Outside the Trump in Orlando rally, fans revel in a festival of music, food and politics," 18 June 2019 Still, Woody understands the importance of a toy in a child’s life, stowing away in her backpack for kindergarten orientation and helping her out by pulling a spork, pipe cleaners and popsicle sticks out of the garbage for a craft project. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Pixar's 'Toy Story 4' is one fun and rollicking existential crisis after another," 13 June 2019 No more making room for water bottles in his backpack to stay hydrated while hiking to his destination. NBC News, "18 Father's Day gifts for every type of dad (and every budget)," 12 June 2019 The police claimed to have found a stash of drugs in his backpack, and released photos of a small drug lab supposedly discovered in his apartment. The Economist, "A journalist’s arrest is a worrying sign of impunity in Russia," 7 June 2019 Something powerful enough to adequately feed the most demanding headphones while still being mobile enough to travel in my backpack. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "The Chord Hugo 2 is the worst kind of audiophile equipment," 24 Apr. 2018 She and her sister would grab backpacks and travel from one church to another loading up as much as they were allowed to carry and dragging it home to stock the barren cupboards. Jessica Ciosek, refinery29.com, "How This Track Olympian Overcame Mental Illness," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

A year later, Wisconsin native Kari Bowerman, 27, and Canadian Cathy Huynh, 26, were backpacking in Vietnam. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "When dream vacations turn into tragedies: Many deaths at popular resorts remain mysteries," 12 June 2019 But rather than backpacking across Europe, Abdi decided to give modeling a try and quickly became one of the seasons standouts walking Miu Miu, Valentino, Off-White, and opening Marc Jacobs. Vogue, "Meet the Top 14 Models of Fall 2019," 13 Mar. 2019 Two American kids backpacking through England are attacked by a monster, killing one and leaving the other...changed. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best '80s Horror Movies That Are Still Terrifying Today," 23 Oct. 2018 The two met in Australia while Lee was backpacking around the world to celebrate her 60th birthday. Brett Martin, Outside Online, "Katie Lee, Our Lady of Glen Canyon," 24 May 2018 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

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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)

chiefly US : 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 How to pronounce backpack (audio) \

Kids Definition of backpack

: a bag worn on the back for carrying things

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