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Maxim

[mak-sim; for 4 also French mak-seem, Russian muh-ksyeem] /ˈmæk sɪm; for 4 also French makˈsim, Russian mʌˈksyim/
noun
1.
Hiram Percy, 1869–1936, U.S. inventor.
2.
his father, Sir Hiram Stevens, 1840–1916, English inventor, born in the U.S.: inventor of the Maxim gun.
3.
Hudson, 1853–1927, U.S. inventor and explosives expert (brother of Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim).
4.
a male given name, form of Maximilian.
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British Dictionary definitions for h p maxim

maxim

/ˈmæksɪm/
noun
1.
a brief expression of a general truth, principle, or rule of conduct
Word Origin
C15: via French from Medieval Latin, from maxima, in the phrase maxima prōpositio basic axiom (literally: greatest proposition); see maximum

Maxim

/ˈmæksɪm/
noun
1.
Sir Hiram Stevens. 1840–1916, British inventor of the first automatic machine gun (1884), born in the US
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Word Origin and History for h p maxim

maxim

n.

"precept, principle," early 15c., from Middle French maxime, from Late Latin maxima, shortened from phrases such as maxima propositio, maxima sententarium "axiom," literally "greatest premise, greatest among propositions" (one which is general and absolute), from fem. of maximus "greatest" (see maximum).

Maxim

single-barreled water-cooled machine gun, 1885, named for inventor, U.S.-born British engineer Sir Hiram S. Maxim (1840-1916).

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