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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.