knapsack
noun Etymology: Low German knappsack or Dutch knapzak, from Low German & Dutch knappen to make a snapping noise, eat + Low German sack or Dutch zak sack Date: 1603 a bag (as of canvas or nylon) strapped on the back and used for carrying supplies or personal belongings • knapsacked adjective

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  • Knapsack — steht für: Knapsack (Hürth), ein Stadtteil von Hürth, nahe Köln den dort ansässigen Chemiepark Knapsack Knapsack Problem, siehe Rucksackproblem Knapsack Verfahren, siehe Merkle Hellman Kryptosystem einen Dampflok Typ der Friedrich Krupp AG, siehe …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Knapsack — Knap sack , n. [D. knapzak; knappen to eat + zak a bag. See {Knap}, v. t., and {Sack}.] A case of canvas, leather, nylon, or other sturdy fabric, fitted with straps, for carrying on the back the food, clothing, or other supplies for a soldier or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knapsack — (n.) c.1600, from Low Ger. Knapsack (Du. knapzak), probably from knappen to eat lit. to crack, snap + Sack bag (see SACK (Cf. sack) (n.1)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • knapsack — [n] backpack carryall, duffel bag, haversack, kit bag, pack, rucksack, satchel; concept 446 …   New thesaurus

  • knapsack — ► NOUN ▪ a soldier s or hiker s bag with shoulder straps, carried on the back. ORIGIN Dutch knapzack, probably from German knappen to bite + zak sack …   English terms dictionary

  • knapsack — [nap′sak΄] n. [Du knapzak < knappen (see KNAP1) + zak, a SACK1] a bag or case of leather, canvas, nylon, etc. worn on the back, as by soldiers or hikers, for carrying equipment or supplies …   English World dictionary

  • knapsack — UK [ˈnæpˌsæk] / US noun [countable] Word forms knapsack : singular knapsack plural knapsacks a bag that you carry on your back …   English dictionary

  • knapsack — 1. noun A case of canvas or leather, for carrying items on the back. Syn: rucksack, backpack 2. verb To go hiking while burdened with a knapsack, usually overnight (or longer.) My sleeping bag fell off my backpack into the water, while we were… …   Wiktionary

  • knapsack — [17] The sack of knapsack is no doubt essentially the same word as English sack, but the knap presents slightly more of a problem. The term was borrowed from Low German knappsack, and so probably knapprepresents Low German knappen ‘eat’ – the bag …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • knapsack — [[t]næ̱psæk[/t]] knapsacks N COUNT A knapsack is a canvas or leather bag that you carry on your back or over your shoulder, for example when you are walking in the countryside …   English dictionary

  • knapsack — [17] The sack of knapsack is no doubt essentially the same word as English sack, but the knap presents slightly more of a problem. The term was borrowed from Low German knappsack, and so probably knapprepresents Low German knappen ‘eat’ – the bag …   Word origins

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