Definition of backpack in English:


Syllabification: back·pack
Pronunciation: /ˈbakˌpak


1A bag with shoulder straps that allow it to be carried on one’s back.
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  • Carrying a waterproof backpack for your camera and other delicate goods, with perhaps a spare t-shirt thrown in, is advisable.
  • 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.
  • Stopping in the middle of the path, they opened their backpacks and allowed a bit of food to tumble out.
1.1A load or piece of equipment carried on a person’s back: a two-tank scuba backpack
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  • You can also establish certain wanzers as support units, such as repair backpacks to ‘heal’ allies or EMP backpacks to jam enemy equipment.
  • There are spotty wellies, hairy boots, bags, long coats, gilets, hats and warm gear for babies along with backpacks to carry them in.
  • 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.


[no object] (usually as noun backpacking) Back to top  
Travel or hike carrying one’s belongings in a backpack: a week’s backpacking in the Pyrenees he has backpacked around the world
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  • When backpacking, carrying your own towel is always a plus.
  • Brad built it to mimic the old growth forests he admired while hiking and backpacking as a kid.
  • For awhile this was fine. I mean, people grow and I wanted to get back to hiking and backpacking.



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  • I suggested that attracting backpackers and independent travellers would be a good way to get that ball rolling.
  • Here, the majority of them appear to be uni students, backpackers and kids travelling around.
  • I got talking to a couple of backpackers while travelling from Panjim to Bombay on the hydrofoil a few years ago.

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