Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A knapsack.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a bag carried on the back or shoulder, supported by straps

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bag carried by a strap on your back or shoulder

Etymologies

German : dialectal Ruck, back (from Middle High German rück, ruck, from Old High German hrukki; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots) + Sack, sack (from Middle High German sac, from Old High German, from Latin saccus; see sack1).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from the German Rucksack, from Rücken (back) and Sack (sack). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • On a similar note, what do you call a rucksack that Air France’s finest have ripped the straps off?

    baggage

  • A backpack (also called rucksack, knapsack, packsack, pack, bookbag or Bergen) is, in its simplest form, a cloth sack carried on one's back and secured with two straps that go over the shoulders, but there can be exceptions.

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  • Which makes it a particularly pliable medium for the subject of narrative's first principle: the forced march from A to B, with an ever-expanding rucksack, that is our lives.

    Culture | guardian.co.uk

  • I just wanna point out that the word "rucksack" appeared here awhile ago.

    Synthesis: Putting It Together

  • Another use of "rucksack", that makes two days in a row, you spoil me!

    Going With the Flow: How to Evade the Drug Testers

  • To complete my crap day, I finally got enough money together for my rucksack which is here.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • He further alleged that the men had met and jointly conspired to organise a bombing campaign, with the two separate attacks to both use the same kind of rucksack bomb ...

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  • Body bag is used for the kind of rucksack that is like a small handbag and fits close to the body.

    languagehat.com: PSEUDOENGLISCH.

  • HAYMAN: In terms of size, I mean you'd expect that to be in a kind of rucksack type carrier.

    CNN Transcript Jul 8, 2005

  • "I enjoy coming up here," he said, while packing up his "rucksack," a lightweight bag each camper receives.

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