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

After being told she would need proof that his teacher was bullying Aaron, Escotto bought a recorder, placed it in her son's backpack for four days in October and listened to 32 hours of audio. Colleen Wright, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Mom's secret recording catches kindergarten teacher calling 5-year-old a "loser"," 5 July 2018 At that final movie night, the Army hopes to distribute 250 to 300 backpacks containing school supplies to needy children. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New food pantry opening at Salvation Army believed to be Greenfield's first," 2 July 2018 Previous trips have included ice climbing in Northern Ontario, motorbiking in Tanzania and, most recently, a backpack trek in Olympic National Park with Andy Best. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Vote for Huckberry's Explorer’s Grant and Win Your Chance to Go on a Wild Adventure," 26 Mar. 2019 The Professional Edition also includes a shorter wire harness, as the company expects most applications to be used with backpack VR PCs. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "HP's high-res Reverb VR headset blows the screen door effect off its hinges," 19 Mar. 2019 Plus, all of my stuff was still there—my laptop, my backpack, everything. Marie Claire, "A Year of Grieving and Healing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School," 14 Feb. 2019 In three major cases in September, the FTC ruled against three companies—a maker of military-themed backpacks, a hockey puck manufacturer and an online mattress retailer—that falsely represented products as made in America. Heidi Vogt, WSJ, "U.S. Manufacturers Push FTC to Crack Down on False ‘Made in America’ Labels," 20 Nov. 2018 Nylon backpacks, purses and clutches larger than 4½ by 5½ inches were not. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Festivalgoers mostly see through new clear-bag policy at Clusterfest 2018," 1 June 2018 Every year, the average person throws away roughly 70lbs of clothing and other wearable waste like backpacks, broken watches and hats, according to the Council for Textile Recycling. Kristen A. Schmitt, Smithsonian, "Are These Baked Mushroom Sandals the Future of Fashion?," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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