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Maxim gun

Syllabification: Max·im gun
Pronunciation: /ˈmaksim ˌɡən
 
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Definition of Maxim gun in English:

noun

The first fully automatic water-cooled machine gun, designed in Britain in 1884 and used especially in World War I.
Example sentences
  • We've tossed out the Maxim gun for daisycutters and cruise missiles.
  • From this distance the Maxim gun looks like the first wheel.
  • Actually, he had envisioned his weapon for use by soldiers on the move - not as an aircraft weapon - because the Maxim gun had proved too heavy for mobile infantry.

Origin

named after Sir Hiram S. Maxim (1840–1916), American-born British inventor.

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