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 Jordan Brand stretches from shoes to clothing to gear, including bags, backpacks and hats. Ronald D. White, The Seattle Times, "How Michael Jordan became a brand (even though he almost skipped the meeting with Nike)," 19 Feb. 2019 Best of all, the XL backpack scooter is on sale right now—for 55% off! Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "This Backpack Doubles As A Scooter, And Any Kid Would Be OBSESSED," 25 Jan. 2019 They're attached to backpacks—done up in graphic black and white—so a girl can make an entrance in her bow, but coat-check it if her mood shifts. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Kate Middleton Bow is Getting Supersized at Couture," 22 Jan. 2019 The weapon could be carried via a special backpack harness, towed across a snowy landscape, or parachuted into enemy territory. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Military Once Had Nukes That Could Fit in a Backpack," 14 Jan. 2019 The season also came with interactive backpack pets, perhaps the most adorable feature in the game. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The year in Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 Lysoivanov and his assistant made sure their rig was mobile enough to set up and tear down in 20 minutes and fit in two backpacks and two duffel bags. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Cave acoustics can help sculpt more realistic sounds in digital space," 14 Nov. 2018 Many teams front the bill for their star players—virtually the entire Jazz roster attended Utah’s games this week—to visit for several days, sitting courtside and donning the latest trend in backpacks. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "The Economics of a Las Vegas Summer League Invite," 12 July 2018 No longer just for schoolchildren, designers have been rethinking the backpack with adult endeavors in mind. Max Berlinger, latimes.com, "LeBron James carries a $41,000 bag. Here's your chance to get into the man-bag game with these picks," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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