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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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  • From the days of the Maxim gun and the Lee-Metford to the days of the howitzer and the blunderbuss.

    Drer Herbert E. A. (Herbert Ernest Augustus) Furst
  • A Maxim gun was in position and belching forth a hail of lead.

    Under the Rebel's Reign Charles Neufeld
  • The pivot of the resistance was a Maxim gun, most gallantly handled by Captain Begbie and his men.

    The Great Boer War Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Devons' rifles as well as their Maxim gun were turned on to them.

  • Is it true, sir, that they have got a hundred armoured motor cars, each one with a Maxim gun on it?

    The Secret Service Submarine Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • 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
  • Our Maxim gun came up too, and rained a hail of bullets all over the hillside at varying ranges.

    Two Years on Trek Louis Eugne du Moulin
  • On the same night very heavy rifle and Maxim gun fire was heard on the hills south of Cæsar's Camp.

  • His shots rang out like the rattle of a Maxim gun, so swiftly did he empty the six chambers.

    The One-Way Trail Ridgwell Cullum
  • 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
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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