Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating

Maxim gun

an early single-barreled, water-cooled machine gun cocked by the force of its own recoil.
Origin of Maxim gun
1880-85; after H. S. Maxim Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for maxim-gun
Historical Examples
  • 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

an obsolete water-cooled machine gun having a single barrel and utilizing the recoil force of each shot to maintain automatic fire
Word Origin
C19: named after Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim (1840–1916), its US-born British inventor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for maxim

Scrabble Words With Friends