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.


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


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