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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Burke  \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. 




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