A bag is a common tool in the form of a non-rigid container. The use of bags predates recorded history, with the earliest bags being no more than lengths of animal skin or woven plant fibers, folded up at the edges and secured in that shape with strings of the same material. Despite their simplicity, bags have been fundamental for the development of human civilization, as they allow people to easily collect loose materials such as berries or food grains, and to transport more items than could readily by carried in the hands. The word probably has its origins in the Norse word baggi, from the reconstructed Proto-European bÊ°ak, but is also comparable to the ...

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  1. A flexible container made of cloth, paper, plastic, etc.
  2. A handbag
  3. A suitcase.
  4. A schoolbag, especially a backpack.
  5. One’s preference.
    Acid House is not my bag: I prefer the more traditional styles of music.
  6. An ugly woman.
  7. The cloth-covered pillow used for first, second, and third base.
    ''The grounder hit the bag and bounced over the fielder’s head.
  8. First, second, or third base.
    He headed back to the bag.
  9. A breathalyzer, so named because it formerly had a plastic bag over the end to measure a set amount of breath.
  10. A collection of objects, disregarding order, but (unlike a set) in which elements may be repeated.
    If one has a bag of three apples and the letter 'a' is taken to denote 'apple', then such bag could be represented symbolically as {a,a,a}. Note that in an ordinary context, when talking about a bag of apples, one does not care about identifying the individual apples, although one might be interested in distinguishing apples by species, for example, letting 'r' denote 'red apple' and 'g' denote 'green apple', then a bag of three red apples and two green apples could be denoted as {r,r,r,g,g}.
  11. A sac in animal bodies, containing some fluid or other substance.
    the bag of poison in the mouth of some serpents
    the bag of a cow
  12. A sort of silken purse formerly tied about men's hair behind, by way of ornament.
  13. The quantity of game bagged in a hunt.
  14. A scrotum.


  1. To put into a bag.
  2. To catch or kill, especially when fishing or hunting.
    We bagged three deer yesterday.
  3. To gain possession of something, or to make first claim on something.
  4. To furnish or load with a bag.
  5. To bring a woman one met on the street with one.
  6. To laugh uncontrollably.
  7. To criticise sarcastically.
  8. To provide artificial ventilation with a bag valve mask (BVM) resuscitator.
  9. To swell or hang down like a full bag.
    The skin bags from containing morbid matter.
  10. To swell with arrogance.
  11. To become pregnant.

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