from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To suppress or extinguish quietly; stifle: burked the investigation by failing to reappoint the commission.
- transitive v. To avoid; disregard: "To make The Tempest a tragic and depressing play he was willing to burke all the elements that made it the exact opposite” ( Robert M. Adams).
- transitive v. To execute (someone) by suffocation so as to leave the body intact and suitable for dissection.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. 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.
- v. To smother; to conceal, hush up, suppress.
- n. Variant spelling of berk.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To dispose of quietly or indirectly; to suppress; to smother; to shelve.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To murder by suffocation in order to sell the body for dissection. This method was selected because it left no marks of violence upon the victims.
- Figuratively, to smother; shelve; get rid of by some indirect manœuver: as, to burke a parliamentary question.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. British statesman famous for his oratory; pleaded the cause of the American colonists in British Parliament and defended the parliamentary system (1729-1797)
- v. murder without leaving a trace on the body
- n. United States frontierswoman and legendary figure of the Wild West noted for her marksmanship (1852-1903)
- v. get rid of, silence, or suppress
After William Burke (1792-1829), Irish-born grave robber and murderer.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Eponym, from William Burke. (Wiktionary)