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Meaning of MAXIM

Pronunciation:  'maksim, 'maksim

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a saying that widely accepted on its own merits
  2. [n]  English inventor (born in the United States) who invented the Maxim gun that was used in World War I (1840-1916)

MAXIM is a 5 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: axiom, Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim
 See Also: aphorism, apophthegm, apothegm, artificer, discoverer, expression, gnome, inventor, locution, moralism, saying



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Max"im\, n. [F. maxime, L. maxima (sc. sententia), the
greatest sentence, proposition, or axiom, i. e., of the
greatest weight or authority, fem. fr. maximus greatest,
superl. of magnus great. See {Magnitude}, and cf. {Maximum}.]
1. An established principle or proposition; a condensed
   proposition of important practical truth; an axiom of
   practical wisdom; an adage; a proverb; an aphorism.

         'T is their maxim, Love is love's reward. --Dryden.

2. (Mus.) The longest note formerly used, equal to two longs,
   or four breves; a large.

Syn: Axiom; aphorism; apothegm; adage; proverb; saying. See

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