Pronunciation: (mak'sim),[key] —n. 1. an expression of a general truth or principle, esp. an aphoristic or sententious one: the maxims of La Rochefoucauld. 2. a principle or rule of conduct.
Pronunciation: (mak'sim; for 4 also Fr. mak-sēm', Russ. mu-ksyēm'),[key] —n. 1. Hiram Percy, 1869–1936, U.S. inventor.
2. his father,Sir Hiram Stevens, 1840–1916, English inventor, born in the U.S.: inventor of the Maxim gun.
3. Hudson, 1853–1927, U.S. inventor and explosives expert (brother of Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim).
4. a male given name, form of Maximilian.