Burke v. t. [imp. & p. p. Burked p. pr. & vb. n. Burking.]
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.
2. To dispose of quietly or indirectly; to suppress; to smother; to shelve; as, to burke a parliamentary question.
The court could not burke an inquiry, supported by such a mass of a affidavits. --C. Reade.
n 1: English statesman famous for his oratory; pleaded the cause
of the American colonists in Parliament and defended the
parliamentary system (1729-1797) [syn: Edmund Burke]
2: United States frontierswoman and legendary figure of the
Wild West noted for her marksmanship (1852-1903) [syn: Burk,
Martha Jane Burk, Martha Jane Burke, Calamity Jane]
v 1: murder without leaving a trace on the body
2: get rid of, silence, or suppress; "burke an issue"