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backpack

[bak-pak] /ˈbækˌpæk/
noun
1.
a pack or knapsack, often of canvas or nylon, to be carried on one's back, sometimes supported on a lightweight metal frame strapped to the body.
2.
a piece of equipment designed to be used while being carried on the back.
verb (used without object)
3.
to go on a hike, using a backpack:
We went backpacking in the Adirondacks.
verb (used with object)
4.
to place or carry in a backpack or on one's back.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15, Americanism; back1 + pack1
Related forms
backpacker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for backpackers

backpack

/ˈbækˌpæk/
noun
1.
a rucksack or knapsack
2.
a pack carried on the back of an astronaut, containing oxygen cylinders, essential supplies, etc
verb
3.
(intransitive) to travel about or go hiking with a backpack
4.
(transitive) to transport (food or equipment) by backpack
Derived Forms
backpacker, noun
backpacking, noun
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Word Origin and History for backpackers

backpack

1914 as a noun, 1916 as a verb, from back (n.) + pack (n.). Related: Backpacked; backpacking.

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