from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Burnham, Daniel Hudson 1846-1912. American architect and city planner. He did his major work in Chicago, including the general design for the Columbian Exposition (1893) and several early skyscrapers.

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  • n. United States architect who designed the first important skyscraper with a skeleton (1846-1912)


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  • His next invention was granted him Dec. 24, 1867, which he called Burnham's improved central and vertical discharge turbine.

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  • Burnham is right to criticise Chakrabarti for supporting a supposedly 'civil liberties' campaign run by a man who not only supported 28 days to start off with, but who is in favour of capital punishment.

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  • Eleanor 'Do You Know Who I Am' Burnham is also keen to stand, but can't seem to secure the requisite nomination.

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  • Martin Burnham and Guillermo Sobero had both been wounded in one such clash; Burnham had taken a stinging spray of shrapnel to his back, and Sobero was hit in the foot, which made it increasingly difficult for him to keep up.

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  • Of the original hostages, three were executed, Martin Burnham was killed by the rescuers in the final rescue attempt; and only Gracia Burnham was freed (although wounded) by the operation.

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  • Martin Burnham, handy with tools, made himself useful to his captors, even showing them how to strap together D batteries to recharge their satellite phone, which seemed particularly important to Tilao.

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  • Martin Burnham was a pilot, and his wife worked as his ground support.

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  • Martin Burnham was killed in one of the first volleys, shot through the chest.

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  • Martin Burnham put on a pair of khaki cargo shorts and opened the door to his room.

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