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Maxim gun

an early single-barreled, water-cooled machine gun cocked by the force of its own recoil.
Origin of Maxim gun
First recorded in 1880-85; after H. S. Maxim Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A Maxim gun was in position and belching forth a hail of lead.

    Under the Rebel's Reign Charles Neufeld
  • The Devons' rifles as well as their Maxim gun were turned on to them.

  • He fitted her, therefore, with a Maxim gun on the roof of the deck-house, and armed the crew with repeating Winchesters.

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
  • On the same night very heavy rifle and Maxim gun fire was heard on the hills south of Cæsar's Camp.

  • Bones went inshore to the island, the water jacket of a Maxim gun exposed over the bow, but there was no opposition.

    Bones Edgar Wallace
  • Several of these groups were encountered, and in various skirmishes seven Boers were disposed of and a Maxim gun captured.

  • But as the Maxim gun can be adapted to every rifle-calibre ammunition it is patronised by all governments.

    The Romance of Modern Invention Archibald Williams
  • He had brought the rays of the lamp to bear upon a door at the gable opposite the Maxim gun.

    Mlle. Fouchette Charles Theodore Murray
  • From the days of the Maxim gun and the Lee-Metford to the days of the howitzer and the blunderbuss.


    Herbert E. A. (Herbert Ernest Augustus) Furst
  • The Turks in the first trench were bayoneted or ran away and a Maxim gun was captured.

    The Post of Honour Richard Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for Maxim gun

Maxim gun

an obsolete water-cooled machine gun having a single barrel and utilizing the recoil force of each shot to maintain automatic fire
Word Origin
C19: named after Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim (1840–1916), its US-born British inventor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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