Definition of Maxim gun in US English:

Maxim gun


  • The first fully automatic water-cooled machine gun, designed in Britain in 1884 and used especially in World War I.

    • ‘On July 6th the great rock fortress was stormed under a barrage of artillery and Maxim gun fire.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The cold froze the oil on the rifle-bolts and jammed the two Maxim guns.’
    • ‘From this distance the Maxim gun looks like the first wheel.’
    • ‘On the right he soon had an opportunity to put his two Maxim guns to work.’
    • ‘The Maxim gun, Gunbus fighter and Vimy bomber are among the famous military products of Crayford.’
    • ‘Despite the technical superiority of the Maxim gun, the U.S. Army resisted using it until 1904.’
    • ‘We've tossed out the Maxim gun for daisycutters and cruise missiles.’
    • ‘Imagine the difficulty, if you will, of crouching in a crowded, dimly lit, smoky bunker while trying to strip, clean and reassemble your Maxim gun as the concussion of allied shells causes dirt to rain down on you from the roof.’
    • ‘As early as 1903, 11 machine gun detachments had been formed with each consisting of six MG 01 Maxim guns, with horse drawn gun and ammunition wagons.’


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


Maxim gun

/ˈmæksəm ˌɡən//ˈmaksəm ˌɡən/