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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Maxim, Sir Hiram Stevens 1840-1916. American-born British inventor of an automatic, recoil-operated machine gun (1884), which was widely used during World War I. His brother Hudson (1853-1927) invented smokeless gun powder, and his son Hiram Percy (1896-1936) developed a silencer for firearms.

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  • proper n. The Maxim gun, a British machine gun of various calibres used by the British army from 1889 until World War I.

Etymologies

After the inventor Sir Hiram Maxim (1840-1916). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Know them by their fruits is a great maxim and another good one is Frodo's Maxim, in Lord of the Rings, as he says:

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  • As General Kitchener was marching across the desert in 1897, Rudyard Kipling had already commandeered the word Maxim.

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  • On a motion in March by Albert Vickers, one of Maxim’s earliest supporters, the firm would quickly strike the word Maxim from the company name and its correspondence, becoming Vickers, Ltd.

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  • Whereas a young Palestinian woman killed herself in Maxim, a restaurant in Haifa (where we often eat), and killed 30 people all at once, injured dozens of others, and wiped out entire families.

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  • I believe that diagram first appeared in Maxim magazine.

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  • So we called Maxim, known for its lad-mag raunch-- a source there told us they too produce just one cover, which goes out to newsstands, subscribers, and advertisers alike.

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  • Hecht tapped-in Maxim Afinogenov's pass from down low to give Buffalo a 1-0 lead.

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  • The review, published in Maxim's March issue, gives the Crowes '"Warpaint" a rating of two-and-a-half stars out of five.

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  • Next thing you know, someone will reveal that Maxim is operating out of a basement in Terre Haute.

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  • Sexy Eva Mendes in Maxim and 121 cool jobs at FunnyRemix.

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