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Maxim gun

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noun
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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British Dictionary definitions for Maxim gun

Maxim gun
/ (ˈmæksɪm) /

noun
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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