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[mak-sim; for 4 also French mak-seem, Russian muh-ksyeem] /ˈmæk sɪm; for 4 also French makˈsim, Russian mʌˈksyim/
Hiram Percy, 1869–1936, U.S. inventor.
his father, Sir Hiram Stevens, 1840–1916, English inventor, born in the U.S.: inventor of the Maxim gun.
Hudson, 1853–1927, U.S. inventor and explosives expert (brother of Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim).
a male given name, form of Maximilian. Unabridged
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  • The new gun proved so successful that the inventor was knighted, and became Sir hiram maxim.

    Inventions of the Great War A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
  • In 1895 a huge steam-propelled aeroplane built by Sir hiram maxim burst the rails holding it down and lifted for a few feet.

  • Mr. hiram maxim has declared that a flying machine in South Africa would have been worth four times its weight in gold.

    Boys' Second Book of Inventions Ray Stannard Baker
  • As Sir hiram maxim has observed, a balloon by its very nature is light and fragile, it is a mere bubble.

    The Romance of Modern Invention Archibald Williams
  • Sir hiram maxim has expressed an intention of spending £20,000 in further experiments and prizes.

    The Romance of Modern Invention Archibald Williams
  • "That's the theory of Sir hiram maxim;" commented my friend, as he excused himself reluctantly for another appointment.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • Sir hiram maxim equipped his machine with a steam engine, while Langley used steam engines in most of his models.

  • Sir hiram maxim's experimental air-ship embodied the principles shown by Fig. 171.

    How it Works Archibald Williams
  • Somewhat similar in outward design is the huge mechanical bird built by Sir hiram maxim.

  • Most notable attempts with this expedient were now shortly made by hiram maxim, Langley, and others.

British Dictionary definitions for hiram maxim


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


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 hiram maxim



"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).


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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