an early single-barreled, water-cooled machine gun cocked by the force of its own recoil.
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Origin of Maxim gun
First recorded in 1880–85; after H. S. Maxim
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Examples from the Web for maxim gun
The gunboats fired in the two days' bombardment 650 shells and several thousand rounds of Maxim-gun ammunition.The River War|Winston S. Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for maxim gun
/ (ˈmæksɪm) /
an obsolete water-cooled machine gun having a single barrel and utilizing the recoil force of each shot to maintain automatic fire
Word Origin for Maxim gun
C19: named after Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim (1840–1916), its US-born British inventor
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