Definition of backpack in English:

backpack

noun

  • 1A rucksack.

    • ‘On the last day of August, he walked across the river, and spent the last of his money on a new backpack and sleeping bag.’
    • ‘Then the lock clicks, the door opens, the backpacks and duffel bags drop on the floor, and not long after that, you hear the zipping again.’
    • ‘The collection offers giant backpacks and duffel-type bags rather than structured cases.’
    • ‘Several younger women also started wearing bum-bags and several sported backpacks.’
    • ‘After some hard debate, they decided to take full backpacks, with sleeping bags, a stove, a shovel, and two days' worth of food.’
    • ‘Fans will be prohibited from bringing coolers, backpacks, chairs, luggage, and duffel bags onto the premises.’
    • ‘Their leaking backpacks trailed sleeping bags and blankets, and one had a scruffy dog.’
    • ‘She nodded her head sleepily and clutched the backpack to her chest.’
    • ‘The heat, on top of this, was unbearable as we lugged camera bags and purses and backpacks around.’
    • ‘A second later, she walked out with two duffel bags and her backpack.’
    • ‘The sobbing girl turned around and ran out of the room leaving her backpack and hand bag behind with the surprised young man.’
    • ‘If you don't attend many conferences you won't have noticed that it seems to be fashionable to give out rucksacks, backpacks and haversacks as freebies to delegates.’
    • ‘There he had installed his sleeping bag, his backpack with essentials, and his flute.’
    • ‘We all dumped our backpacks and duffel bags in the shady grass.’
    • ‘Apart from our tours, we sell hiking and adventure equipment such as tents, sleeping bags and backpacks.’
    • ‘And she grabbed her duffel bag and her backpack and hopped out, hoping that she could become invisible in three seconds.’
    • ‘She tightened her grip on her backpack and turned around slowly.’
    • ‘We would return home in the evenings and find remnants of bin bags and backpacks.’
    • ‘Hundreds of aliens Eric's age crowded the marketplace, all of them carrying bags, suitcases, backpacks and trunks.’
    • ‘I try to take only the smallest backpack - just hand luggage if possible - and few clothes or possessions.’
    suitcase, case, valise, portmanteau, holdall, carryall, grip, overnight bag, overnighter, flight bag, travelling bag, gladstone bag, carpet bag
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    1. 1.1 A piece of equipment carried on a person's back:
      ‘he went to the trunk and pulled out a two-tank scuba backpack’
      • ‘It's made from a fire extinguisher, a scuba backpack, and a sixties gold-fleck motorcycle helmet.’
      • ‘I was carrying my daughter in her backpack when we visited as she was only quite small and her language abilities didn't match her ambitions.’
      • ‘You can also establish certain wanzers as support units, such as repair backpacks to ‘heal’ allies or EMP backpacks to jam enemy equipment.’
      • ‘I have always traveled with my gear in a plastic trunk, a scuba backpack, or suitcase and nobody has questioned it.’
      • ‘As well as broadcasters in the commentary boxes there will be half a dozen radio engineers carrying backpacks within a half a mile radius accompanying the presenters to broadcast the reaction of the crowds on the ground.’
      • ‘A guy jumps out of the fire truck wearing what looks like a space suit, a breathing cylinder and mask attached and what looks like a scuba backpack on with a large hose attached.’
      • ‘There are spotty wellies, hairy boots, bags, long coats, gilets, hats and warm gear for babies along with backpacks to carry them in.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]usually as noun backpacking
  • Travel or hike carrying one's belongings in a rucksack:

    ‘a week's backpacking in the Pyrenees’
    • ‘Blue water sailing is as different from coastal sailing as a Himalayan expedition is from backpacking in the Rockies.’
    • ‘Besides, there is also backpacking and camping out and an opportunity to contribute towards an ongoing local project with the community.’
    • ‘The average age was about thirty and a lot were travelers backpacking around the world.’
    • ‘They take up less room than other foods and don't weigh you down - an important factor when backpacking.’
    • ‘For many graduates, university was three years of partying and backpacking, interrupted only by the occasional lecture.’
    • ‘For awhile this was fine. I mean, people grow and I wanted to get back to hiking and backpacking.’
    • ‘Of course, the reality is that unless I devote my life to backpacking, I'm unlikely to reach more than a fraction of these destinations.’
    • ‘She graduated in 1995 and then went backpacking through Africa.’
    • ‘Things don't always go to plan when you are backpacking.’
    • ‘When backpacking, you are in the best possible position to meet new, interesting and often wonderful people, and to visit places likewise.’
    • ‘Brad built it to mimic the old growth forests he admired while hiking and backpacking as a kid.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, a 23-year-old Tadcaster man has died in a freak road accident while backpacking in Australia.’
    • ‘Upon arriving in Copenhagen, I was burned out from backpacking and looking forward to a good nap.’
    • ‘I went backpacking, but I got a free car and a beautiful house into the bargain and because of the kind of film it was, I got to travel all over New Zealand.’
    • ‘David learnt of the organisation when backpacking around Romania and saw the work that they were doing and was keen to help.’
    • ‘They will be backpacking and trekking for six to eight hours a day most days, so they need a good level of fitness.’
    • ‘When I did about 30 flights in a row while backpacking in my early twenties, I hardly ever bothered to lock my bags.’
    • ‘I met a couple who were from Chester, England and they were backpacking around Oz.’
    • ‘Sam spent six months backpacking in Australia after her degree, then worked as assistant marketing manager at a vehicle parts firm near Leeds.’
    • ‘When backpacking, carrying your own towel is always a plus.’
    journey, tour, take a trip, go on a trip, voyage, go on an expedition, go on an excursion, go sightseeing, globetrot, backpack
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Pronunciation:

backpack

/ˈbakpak/