from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bag carried over one shoulder to transport supplies, as on a hike.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small, strong bag carried on the back or the shoulder, usually with only one strap. Originally made of canvas.
- n. oat-sack, or nose-bag for a horse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bag for oats or oatmeal.
- n. A bag or case, usually of stout cloth, in which a soldier carries his rations when on a march; -- distinguished from knapsack.
- n. A gunner's case or bag used to carry cartridges from the ammunition chest to the piece in loading.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sack for oats or oatmeal.
- n. A bag used for holding the food that a soldier carries on his person, as one or more days' rations. It is usually carried by a belt slung over the shoulder.
- n. In artillery, a leather bag used to carry cartridges from the ammunition-chest to the piece in loading.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a bag carried by a strap on your back or shoulder
French havresac, from obsolete German Habersack : German dialectal Haber, oats (from Middle High German habere, from Old High German habaro) + German Sack, bag (from Middle High German sac, from Old High German, from Latin saccus; see sack1).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The term derived through the French from German language Hafersack and Dutch language haverzak, meaning an oat-sack, a nose-bag for a horse. Hafer and haver meant oats. (Wiktionary)