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Maxim

[mak-sim; for 4 also French mak-seem, Russian muh-ksyeem]
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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maxim (ˈmæksɪm)
 
n
a brief expression of a general truth, principle, or rule of conduct
 
[C15: via French from Medieval Latin, from maxima, in the phrase maxima prōpositio basic axiom (literally: greatest proposition); see maximum]

Maxim (ˈmæksɪm)
 
n
Sir Hiram Stevens. 1840--1916, British inventor of the first automatic machine gun (1884), born in the US

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maxim
"precept, principle," 1426, from M.Fr. maxime, from L.L. maxima, usually in maxima propositio "axiom," lit. "greatest premise," 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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