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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
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  • The gunboats fired in the two days' bombardment 650 shells and several thousand rounds of maxim-gun ammunition.

    The River War Winston S. Churchill
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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
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