ruck·sack | \ˈrək-ˌsak, ˈru̇k-\

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backpack, knapsack, pack, packsack

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Examples of rucksack in a Sentence

hikers carrying their food and water in rucksacks

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It had even dangled in a rucksack from the feet of an Air Force pararescue member during a training jump. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oak Creek-based Eder Flag repairs treasured American flag damaged in Afghanistan," 13 July 2018 The rucksacks symbolize the heavy burdens carried by troops and their families. Stan Grossfeld,, "In a grueling relay, runners carry the burden on behalf of veterans," 10 May 2018 Some wore military uniforms carrying 35-pound rucksacks while others chose colorful red, white and blue tutus. Ali Linan, USA TODAY, "100-year-old survivor of inhumane Bataan Death March during World War II is marching again," 26 Mar. 2018 One of the men had a knife, and officers also found a rucksack containing a goat's leg and bloody gloves. Fox News, "2 men jailed for killing goat at petting zoo in Germany," 4 Apr. 2018 Those riflemen are the infantry troops who put themselves in the paths of bullets and bombs while carrying heavy rucksacks, who jump out of planes and otherwise subject their bodies to extreme wear and tear. Kate Germano, New York Times, "Separate Is Not Equal in the Marine Corps," 31 Mar. 2018 The hiking registration fee is $40 for those who wear rucksacks and $50 for virtual ruckers. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Memorial fundraiser pays tribute to fallen soldier," 25 Jan. 2018 More than eighty years later, Henry Worsley, carrying a rucksack and a sleeping bag, pried open the cemetery gate and went inside. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "His Life’s Set Prize: The Story of Polar Explorer Henry Worsley," 7 Feb. 2018 Cologne’s main Christmas market no longer allows revelers to bring rucksacks or suitcases. William Wilkes, WSJ, "Tighter Security Mixes With Festive Spirit at German Christmas Markets This Year," 19 Dec. 2017

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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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