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

Definition of rucksack

chiefly British
: a bag that is strapped to the back with two shoulder straps and is used for carrying personal belongings and supplies : knapsack I picked up a rucksack full of spare gear and began to slog back up the steep, slippery grass to the headland.— A. Alvarez As U.S. soldiers gird for war in the 21st century with chemical suits, night-vision goggles and … rifles, there is still one item in their rucksacks that even their great-grandfathers would recognize: chewing gum.— Cynthia Schreiber On the nature hike, I will be just like Sacajawea, Molly thought as she packed her rucksack.— Valerie Tripp The last thing you want is a heavy rucksack slopping about on your back, threatening to throw you off balance …— Clive Tully "I'm hungry," complained the girl. The boy turned on a torch and peered inside a grey canvas rucksack behind him. "There's an apple."— Melvin Burgess

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Examples of rucksack in a Sentence

hikers carrying their food and water in rucksacks
Recent Examples on the Web The Army and Marine Corps also evaluated wearable, high-efficiency, solar cells that can be attached to a rucksack or helmet. Vikram Mittal, Forbes, 2 June 2021 Designed with portability in mind, Beosound Explore’s cylindrical shell provides a secure grip and fits easily into the pockets of a rucksack. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Each wore a full combat uniform and hefted an M4 carbine weapon, water and a rucksack, gear that totals about 70 pounds. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2021 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, 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, 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, 7 Mar. 2020 Ducking into a bathroom, Lendrum put the chicks back in his rucksack and boarded his flight. Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post, 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, 4 Jan. 2020

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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 30 Jul. 2021.

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