Definition of backpack in English:

backpack

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Pronunciation: /ˈbakpak
 
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noun

1A rucksack.
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  • 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.
  • Their leaking backpacks trailed sleeping bags and blankets, and one had a scruffy dog.
  • And she grabbed her duffel bag and her backpack and hopped out, hoping that she could become invisible in three seconds.
1.1A piece of equipment carried on a person’s back: he went to the trunk and pulled out 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.

verb

[no object] (usually as noun backpacking) Back to top  
Travel or hike carrying one’s belongings in a rucksack: a week’s backpacking in the Pyrenees
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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.

Derivatives

backpacker

noun
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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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