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rucksack

[ruhk-sak, roo k-] /ˈrʌkˌsæk, ˈrʊk-/
noun
1.
a type of knapsack carried by hikers, bicyclists, etc.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < German: literally, back sack
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Examples for rucksack
  • He would whip out a belt-mounted computer, unsling his rucksack, and scan the bookcase in one quick motion.
  • Some can be pulled from a rucksack and launched by hand.
  • In his rucksack he carried, besides pencils and notebooks, poetry.
  • Willy soon spotted me, slowed down, and momentarily gave the impression that he might remove his rucksack and chat for a while.
  • The poet carries the heaviest load of symbolism in his rucksack.
  • It has some tiny leather straps so you can grab it and pull it out of your rucksack, airplane carry-on or messenger bag.
  • Eliminates need to tote along a rucksack full of filters.
  • Pulling jackknife from rucksack, you scale, gut and trim.
British Dictionary definitions for rucksack

rucksack

/ˈrʌkˌsæk/
noun
1.
a large bag, usually having two straps and a supporting frame, carried on the back and often used by climbers, campers, etc US and Canadian name backpack
Word Origin
C19: from German, literally: back sack
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Word Origin and History for rucksack
n.

1866, from German Rucksack, from Alpine dialect Rück "the back" (from German Rücken; see ridge) + Sack "sack" (see sack (n.1)).

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