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Meaning of BURKE

Pronunciation:  burk, burk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  American frontierswoman and legendary figure of the Wild West noted for her marksmanship (1852-1903)
  2. [n]  English statesman famous for his oratory; pleaded the cause of the American colonists in Parliament and defended the parliamentary system (1729-1797)
  3. [v]  get rid of, silence, or suppress; "burke an issue"
  4. [v]  murder without leaving a trace on the body

BURKE is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: Burk, Calamity Jane, Edmund Burke, Martha Jane Burk, Martha Jane Burke
 See Also: bump off, conquer, curb, dispatch, frontierswoman, hit, inhibit, murder, national leader, orator, polish off, public speaker, remove, rhetorician, slay, solon, speechifier, speechmaker, stamp down, statesman, subdue, suppress



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Burke\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Burked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Burking}.] [From one Burke of Edinburgh, who committed the
crime in 1829.]
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.