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Princeton's WordNet

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

    a bag carried by a strap on your back or shoulder


  1. Knapsack(n.)

    A case of canvas, leather, nylon, or other sturdy fabric, fitted with straps, for carrying on the back the food, clothing, or other supplies for a soldier or a traveler; as, to hike up the mountain with lunch in a knapsack.

  2. Origin: [D. knapzak; knappen to eat + zak a bag. See Knap, v. t., and Sack.]


  1. knapsack(Noun)

    A case of canvas or leather, for carrying items on the back.

  2. knapsack(Verb)

    To go hiking while burdened with a knapsack, usually overnight (or longer.)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Knapsack(verb)

    a case of canvas or leather, for carrying on the back a soldier's necessaries, or the clothing, etc., of a traveler

  2. Origin: [D. knapzak; knappen to eat + zak a bag. See Knap, v. t., and Sack.]


  1. Knapsack

    Knapsack was formed in 1993 by Blair Shehan and Colby Mancasola. Shehan and Mancasola were two high school friends studying at the University of California, Davis. Guitarist Jason Bokros and bassist Rod Meyer completed the lineup. In 1994, the band recorded a single for independent label Goldenrod Records and signed with Alias Records later that year. Their debut album Silver Sweepstakes was released in 1995. They then toured extensively playing with bands such as Pavement, Rocket from the Crypt, Jawbox and Drive Like Jehu. Bokros left the group before the release of their second album Day Three of My New Life in 1997. Rod Meyer left the group after this release and was replaced by Sergie Loobkoff of Samiam. Their third album This Conversation is Ending Starting Right Now was released in 1998. Shehan went on to form The Jealous Sound after the band broke up in 2000. Knapsack is reuniting this fall to mark the 15th anniversary of their final US tour. The band will play several shows, including a stop at the Fest, in Gainesville, Florida, making this their first-ever Florida appearance.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Knapsack

    nap′sak, n. a provision-sack: a case for necessaries borne by soldiers and travellers. [Dut. knappen, to crack, eat, zak, a sack.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. knapsack

    A light water-proof case fitted to the back, in which the foot-soldier carries his necessaries on a march.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. knapsack

    A bag of canvas or skin, containing a soldier’s necessaries, and worn suspended by straps between his shoulders. Those used in the British army are ordinarily of black painted canvas, but a new sort of knapsack, called the valise equipment, has been issued to some regiments. Some other nations, as the Swiss, make them of thick goat-skin, dressed with the hair on.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Knapsack

    From the Dutch and German knappen, to bite or chew, and zak, a sack. Like the original German and Dutch forms of this receptacle for a soldier’s necessaries on the march, the Swiss still carry a bag made of goatskin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of knapsack in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of knapsack in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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