Maxim gun

Maxim gun

noun
an early single-barreled, water-cooled machine gun cocked by the force of its own recoil.

Origin:
1880–85; after H. S. Maxim

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Maxim gun (ˈmæksɪm)
 
n
an obsolete water-cooled machine gun having a single barrel and utilizing the recoil force of each shot to maintain automatic fire
 
[C19: named after Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim (1840--1916), its US-born British inventor]

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