Definitions for: Maxim

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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

Synonyms: axiom, Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim

See Also: aphorism, apophthegm, apothegm, artificer, discoverer, expression, gnome, inventor, locution, moralism, saying

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