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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences 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

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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