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Definitions of burke

  1. American frontierswoman and legendary figure of the Wild West noted for her marksmanship (1852-1903) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. murder without leaving a trace on the body Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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
  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 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
  7. To dispose of quietly or indirectly; to suppress; to smother; to shelve; as, to burke a parliamentary question. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. burk, v.t. to murder, esp. by stifling: hence (fig.) to put an end to quietly. [From Burke, an Edinburgh Irishman (hanged 1829), who committed the crime in order to sell the bodies of his victims for dissection.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  11. Avoid, smother, (publicity, inquiry); hush up, suppress, (rumour, book). Concise Oxford Dictionary

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