Definitions of burke

  1. To murder by suffocation, or so as to produce few marks of violence, for the purpose of obtaining a body to be sold for dissection. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To dispose of quietly or indirectly; to suppress; to smother; to shelve; as, to burke a parliamentary question. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To murder, esp. by stifling: hence, (fig.) to put an end to quietly. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. get rid of, silence, or suppress; "burke an issue" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. United States frontierswoman and legendary figure of the Wild West noted for her marksmanship (1852-1903) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. To murder, particularly by suffocation; to smother quietly, and get rid of. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. American frontierswoman and legendary figure of the Wild West noted for her marksmanship (1852-1903) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. English statesman famous for his oratory; pleaded the cause of the American colonists in Parliament and defended the parliamentary system (1729-1797) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB

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  1. The expedition was, however, successful in so far that Burke crossed Australia from south to north before Stuart, and was the first traveller who had done so. – Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration Australia Twice Traversed. The Romance Of Exploration, Being A Narrative Compiled From The Journals Of Five Exploring Expeditions Into And Through Central South Australia, And Western Australia, From 1 by Ernest Giles
  2. " It is for them to choose," said Burke – The Tracer of Lost Persons by Robert W. Chambers