• WordNet 3.6
    • v burke get rid of, silence, or suppress "burke an issue"
    • v burke murder without leaving a trace on the body
    • n Burke United States frontierswoman and legendary figure of the Wild West noted for her marksmanship (1852-1903)
    • n Burke British statesman famous for his oratory; pleaded the cause of the American colonists in British Parliament and defended the parliamentary system (1729-1797)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest recorded gloved boxing match took place in 1893. Andy Bowen and Jack Burke fought for more than 7 hours. After 110 rounds, the fight was declared a draw because both Bowen and Burke were too exhausted to continue.
    • Burke 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."
    • Burke 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • burke 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.
    • burke Figuratively, to smother; shelve; get rid of by some indirect manœuver: as, to burke a parliamentary question.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Burke burk to murder, esp. by stifling: hence (fig.) to put an end to quietly.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From one Burke, of Edinburgh, who committed the crime in 1829
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Burke, an Edinburgh Irishman (hanged 1829), who committed the crime in order to sell the bodies of his victims for dissection.


In literature:

The episode of Burke and Van Belle is more fully related in Westergaard, pp.
"Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period" by Various
Certainly they impressed Burke with a belief in their sincere but secret sympathy with the royalist cause.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Can, then, Mr. Burke produce the English constitution?
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
My maiden name was Burke.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Burke caught the expression at once, and instantly changed the whole current of his conceptions.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 347, September, 1844" by Various
When Grenville brought in his stamp bill the debate, Burke says, was extremely languid.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
Shall we swing round by the Hall and keep cover, or chance it by the road to Jimmy Burke's?
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
The fall of the Bastille, though it kindled enthusiasm in Fox, roused in Burke only distrust.
"History of the English People, Volume VIII (of 8)" by John Richard Green
You had better telephone the Burks we aren't coming.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
His own name was Thomas Henrick, but he was known as Burke in that family.
"Daisy Ashford: Her Book" by Daisy Ashford

In poetry:

He fought a way through stubborn hills
Towards the setting sun—
Your fathers all and Burke and Wills
Were New Chums, every one.
"The New Chum Jackeroo" by Henry Lawson
Great Burke, with comprehensive mind,
Pour'd forth his thoughts, too lofty far,
To glad his humble, simple kind,
Who could not reach the lowest bar.
"Thomas Moore" by Thomas Frederick Young
The land of Goldsmith, Wolfe and Burke,
May well, with gladness, sound thy name,
And honor thee, whose life and work
Produc'd a bright and joyous flame.
"Thomas Moore" by Thomas Frederick Young
Though fired with innocent ambition,
Bowden, great Nature's rhetorician,
More flowers than Burke produces;
And though he's skill'd more roots to find,
Than ever stock'd an Hebrew's mind,
And knows their various uses.
"Ode To Dragon" by Hannah More
Farewell to Burke, O'Meally, Young Gilbert and Ben Hall,
Likewise to Daniel Morgan, who fell by rifle-ball;
So all young men be warned and never take up arms,
Remember this, how true it is, bushranging hath no charms!
"The Death of Morgan" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin.
Reeve 's visit to Burke was the first public appearance in the county for the Pound Ridge resident.
Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke.
Orioles right fielder Jay Gibbons leaps at the wall but can't make the catch on a triple by the Indians's Ellis Burks during the ninth inning of the Indians' 3-0 win Thursday night.
Photo by Greg Burke I had no problem on the non-moving Timber Ripper .
The portion of State Road 25 beginning at State Road 88 to the Burke County line will be named in Ruffin 's honor.
William Levy and Cheryl Burke.
1 reason his controversial move late last month to sack Paul LaPolice and replace him as head coach with Tim Burke.
LEE — Principal Kerry A Burke has announced the top students of the class of 2009 at Lee Middle and High School.
Q & A With Jim Koch & David Burke of Samuel Adams .
School by Catherine Burke and Ian Grosvenor London: Reaktion, 208 pp.
Burke will discuss energy security, jobs and real vehicle solutions highlights at the hybrid truck users forum.
Soft-spoken and polite, he promised his parole officer, Corey Burke, who had dropped by his Lower East Side apartment unannounced, that he was playing by the rules: home by 9 pm, no hanging around parks, no contact with children.
Note the duct tape on the pants, a reminder of my last time skiing with the Burkes at Sugarloaf.
Kevin Burke, 6 million Virgin Mobile subscriber accounts have been left wide open to attack.

In science:

The last column has the derived Ne or an ∗ when the flux ratio is out of bounds in the low-Ne limit (see figure 5 and table 6 in Rubin et al. 2001) based on the effective collision strength from Lennon & Burke (1994).
Flux ratio [Ne V] 14.3/24.3 as a test of collision strengths
Early estimates for the efficiency of this process were given by Cameron (1973), Burke & Silk (1976), Scalo (1977), and Draine (1985), but the conception of how grain advection occurs differs greatly in these papers.
Interstellar Turbulence II: Implications and Effects
In contrast, approximations such as the more elaborate and widely used R-matrix method (Burke and Berrington, 1993) can be invoked for free electrons at low energies and for low ionization charges up to negative ions where the coupling between channels is generally strong.
Atomic Data for X-ray Astrophysics
These were compared with R-matrix calculations by Terao and Burke (1990), and the importance of high angular momentum states and stabilization were pointed out.
Atomic Data for X-ray Astrophysics
To catch a transiting planet in a star cluster, you need to follow 7400 dwarf stars for more than a month (Burke et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006