ruck·​sack | \ ˈrək-ˌsak How to pronounce rucksack (audio) , ˈru̇k- \

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hikers carrying their food and water in rucksacks
Recent Examples on the Web Margaret sheltered in the lee of a large stone, gneiss studded with gleaming black hornblende, and rummaged in the giant rucksack on my back. Hugh Raffles, The New York Review of Books, "The Stones of Lewis, Portals in Time," 9 Oct. 2020 Hence the contents of my rucksack on the Caledonian Sleeper, whittled to the bare necessities: toothbrush, toothpaste, Turgenev, T-shirt, underwear, and socks. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Enduring Romance of the Night Train," 4 May 2020 The roadway was a river of fire, with homes and their contents, tatami mats, futons, rucksacks, all in flames. Brad Lendon And Emiko Jozuka, CNN, "History's deadliest air raid happened in Tokyo during World War II and you've probably never heard of it," 7 Mar. 2020 Ducking into a bathroom, Lendrum put the chicks back in his rucksack and boarded his flight. Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post, "For years, Jeffrey Lendrum was at once an avid outdoorsman and merciless thief. Then he got caught.," 25 Feb. 2020 In the gray early morning light Saturday, Army video showed soldiers dressed in camouflage fatigues filing into planes, carrying rucksacks and rifles. Time, "More U.S. Troops Deploy to Mideast Amid Tensions With Iran," 4 Jan. 2020 But there were still people in the aisle, and one of them now stopped beside her row: a huge boy, who was trying to make space for a rucksack in the overhead bin. Anne Enright, The New Yorker, "The Weight," 29 Aug. 2019 Especially when the runners — which include veterans, active servicemen, police, and locals — lug rucksacks on their backs that weight up to 30 pounds. Stan Grossfeld,, "In a grueling relay, runners carry the burden on behalf of veterans," 10 May 2018 Chmut cited a scandal in 2015 over the procurement of rucksacks at inflated prices for Interior Ministry forces fighting the separatist rebels. Washington Post, "Ukraine focuses on uprooting corruption amid US scrutiny," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of rucksack

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rucksack

German, from German dialect, from Rucken back + Sack sack

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“Rucksack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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