• WordNet 3.6
    • n haversack a bag carried by a strap on your back or shoulder
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Haversack A bag for oats or oatmeal.
    • Haversack A bag or case, usually of stout cloth, in which a soldier carries his rations when on a march; -- distinguished from knapsack.
    • Haversack A gunner's case or bag used to carry cartridges from the ammunition chest to the piece in loading.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n haversack A sack for oats or oatmeal.
    • n haversack 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 haversack In artillery, a leather bag used to carry cartridges from the ammunition-chest to the piece in loading.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Haversack hav′ėr-sak a bag of strong linen for a soldier carrying his rations in
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. havresac, G. habersack, sack for oats. See 2d Haver, and Sack a bag
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. havresac—Ger. habersack, oat-sack—haber, hafer, oats.


In literature:

Mine was lost in the river together with my mess kit, canteen and haversack.
"A Soldier in the Philippines" by Needom N. Freeman
Haversacks and pockets were filled.
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
I want you then to take the rest of the food and put it in your own haversack.
"Fix Bay'nets" by George Manville Fenn
Every man, besides carrying a "First Aid" bandage in the flap of his coat, carries a day's "iron" rations in his haversack.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
Haversacks were opened and placed at our disposal.
"Sword and Pen" by John Algernon Owens
The colonial commissioner produced the marmalade from his haversack.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
Before moving, we received orders to unsling blankets and haversacks and lay them on the ground at our feet.
"History of Company F, 1st Regiment, R.I. Volunteers, during the Spring and Summer of 1861" by Charles H. Clarke
Equipment and supplies for one meal may be carried in one or two haversacks like the one shown.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Haversack rations to be carried.
"From the St. Lawrence to the Yser with the 1st Canadian brigade" by Frederic C. Curry
On the march each man carried his own rations in haversacks.
"War from the Inside" by Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock