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Princeton's WordNet

  1. backpack, back pack, knapsack, packsack, rucksack, haversack(verb)

    a bag carried by a strap on your back or shoulder

  2. backpack, pack(verb)

    hike with a backpack

    "Every summer they are backpacking in the Rockies"


  1. backpack(Noun)

    A knapsack, sometimes mounted on a light frame, but always supported by straps, worn on a person's back for the purpose of carrying things, especially when hiking, or on a student's back when carrying books.

    Etymology: back + pack

  2. backpack(Noun)

    A similarly placed item containing a parachute or other life-support equipment.

    Etymology: back + pack

  3. backpack(Verb)

    To hike and camp overnight in backcountry with one's gear carried in a backpack.

    Etymology: back + pack

  4. backpack(Verb)

    To engage in low-cost, generally urban, travel with minimal luggage and frugal accommodations.

    Etymology: back + pack

  5. backpack(Verb)

    To place or carry (an item or items) in a backpack.

    Etymology: back + pack


  1. Backpack

    A backpack is, in its simplest form, a cloth sack carried on one's back and secured with two straps that go over the shoulders, but there can be exceptions. Lightweight types of backpacks are sometimes worn on only one shoulder strap. Backpacks are often preferred to handbags for carrying heavy loads or carrying any sort of equipment, because of the limited capacity to carry heavy weights for long periods of time in the hands. Large backpacks, used to carry loads over 10 kg, usually offload the largest part of their weight onto padded hip belts, leaving the shoulder straps mainly for stabilising the load. This improves the potential to carry heavy loads, as the hips are stronger than the shoulders, and also increases agility and balance, since the load rides nearer the wearer's own center of mass. In ancient times, the backpack was used as a means to carry the hunter's larger game and other types of prey and as a way of easier transport for other materials. In the cases of larger hunts, the hunters would dismember their prey and distribute the pieces of the animal around, each one packing the meat into many wrappings and then into bags which they placed on to their backs. The bag itself was made up of different animal hide and skin and sewn together by the intestines of said animals, which were woven together tightly to make a sturdy thread-like material.

Editors Contribution

  1. backpack

    A type of multipurpose bag and product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shape and sizes.

    Some people use a backpack to carry shopping, supplies, camping gear, hiking gear etc.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 28, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of backpack in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of backpack in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of backpack in a Sentence

  1. Swingers:

    Mike Look, we're gonna spend half the night driving around the Hills looking for this one party and you're going to say it sucks and we're all gonna leave and then we're gonna go look for this other party. But all the parties and all the bars, they all suck. I spend half the night talking to some girl who's looking around the room to see if there's somebody else who's more important she should be talking to. And it's like I'm supposed to be all happy 'cause she's wearing a backpack, you know

  2. Ion Zaharia:

    The skier did the right thing, the bear was distracted by things inside his backpack.

  3. Agata Ludwiczak:

    Think about hiking, when you're setting out on an adventure, you need your backpack, supplies and equipment, but you also need a compass to tell you where you're heading. Without one or the other it is not likely to be a very successful trip.

  4. Thomas McKenna:

    There are numerous barriers, like sills, that would block a wheeled robot. In addition, a humanoid robot can use firefighting gear designed for humans, such as protective coats, backpack fire suppressants, hand-held sensors and hose nozzles.

  5. Garland Mayor Douglas Athas:

    The first suspect was shot immediately, the second suspect was wounded and reached for his backpack. He was shot again.

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    an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles
    • A. calcaneus
    • B. hypostatization
    • C. arbalist
    • D. defilement

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