- 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.
- 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.]
Etymology: From one Burke of Edinburgh, who committed the crime in 1829