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