Definition of backpack in English:

backpack

noun

  • 1A bag with shoulder straps that allow it to be carried on one's back.

    • ‘Our plan is to pick up two 24-packs of water bottles in a store in Sydney, and we'll all carry twelve in our backpacks.’
    • ‘Usually, official walkers have to complete the walk wearing full uniform and carrying a backpack as well as walking an extra 10 km a day.’
    • ‘As for mud, he travels the world with a lump of it in his backpack to make wall pieces for galleries from Amsterdam to New York.’
    • ‘And my back ached from carrying a thirty-five-pound backpack around for a week.’
    • ‘On larger backpacks, they support the pack's weight on the hip bones.’
    • ‘In fact, it is small enough to easily carry in a backpack should you prefer to hike in a ways and not only enjoy a day of shooting but to also record results at the same time.’
    • ‘To my mortification, my backpack is being carried by a kid who looks all of 10 years old.’
    • ‘Andy has hidden a 15-pound rock in my backpack, which I carry uphill for two hours before discovering it.’
    • ‘Snap hooks at each end of the sling attach to the sling swivels, allowing the rifle to be securely carried like a backpack.’
    • ‘We were carrying cave gear, several backpacks and clothes.’
    • ‘They are adding the last pieces to their backpacks and training has intensified in the last few weeks for the athletes.’
    • ‘They tackled between 30 and 50 kilometres each day in camouflage uniforms while carrying 10 kg backpacks through the towns around Nijmegen.’
    • ‘Carrying a waterproof backpack for your camera and other delicate goods, with perhaps a spare t-shirt thrown in, is advisable.’
    • ‘We shouldered our backpacks and set out up a steep hill in the direction of some thick green woods.’
    • ‘I like to wear my big hiker's backpack on the crowded trains because I smash people in the face from behind without even feeling it.’
    • ‘Our luggage was transferred between hotels, leaving us with only backpacks to carry.’
    • ‘Carrying laden backpacks, the family did the typical student trail of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Harbour, before heading out to New Zealand and Lord of the Rings territory.’
    • ‘They carried each other's backpacks and rifles when they were injured or exhausted in training, and grew to develop a deep bond that would stand the tests of time even when later they would choose to live in two separate lands.’
    • ‘Stopping in the middle of the path, they opened their backpacks and allowed a bit of food to tumble out.’
    • ‘He walked to the rounded crown of the hill, he procured a metal box from his backpack, unhooking it from a solar battery, and set it down on the earth.’
    suitcase, case, valise, portmanteau, holdall, carryall, grip, overnight bag, overnighter, flight bag, travelling bag, gladstone bag, carpet bag
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    1. 1.1A load or piece of equipment carried on a person's back.
      ‘a two-tank scuba backpack’
      • ‘You can also establish certain wanzers as support units, such as repair backpacks to ‘heal’ allies or EMP backpacks to jam enemy equipment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have always traveled with my gear in a plastic trunk, a scuba backpack, or suitcase and nobody has questioned it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's made from a fire extinguisher, a scuba backpack, and a sixties gold-fleck motorcycle helmet.’
      • ‘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]
  • Travel or hike carrying one's belongings in a backpack.

    ‘a week's backpacking in the Pyrenees’
    ‘he has backpacked around the world’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For awhile this was fine. I mean, people grow and I wanted to get back to hiking and backpacking.’
    • ‘For many graduates, university was three years of partying and backpacking, interrupted only by the occasional lecture.’
    • ‘When backpacking, carrying your own towel is always a plus.’
    • ‘Blue water sailing is as different from coastal sailing as a Himalayan expedition is from backpacking in the Rockies.’
    • ‘Things don't always go to plan when you are backpacking.’
    • ‘They take up less room than other foods and don't weigh you down - an important factor when backpacking.’
    • ‘The average age was about thirty and a lot were travelers backpacking around the world.’
    • ‘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, 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.’
    • ‘Besides, there is also backpacking and camping out and an opportunity to contribute towards an ongoing local project with the community.’
    • ‘David learnt of the organisation when backpacking around Romania and saw the work that they were doing and was keen to help.’
    • ‘Upon arriving in Copenhagen, I was burned out from backpacking and looking forward to a good nap.’
    • ‘She graduated in 1995 and then went backpacking through Africa.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I met a couple who were from Chester, England and they were backpacking around Oz.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, a 23-year-old Tadcaster man has died in a freak road accident while backpacking in Australia.’
    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

/ˈbakˌpak/