Maxim

Definitions

  • Maxime Du Camp
    Maxime Du Camp
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n maxim a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
    • n Maxim English inventor (born in the United States) who invented the Maxim gun that was used in World War I (1840-1916)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Viburnum Tomentosum, Thunb., Var. Plicatum, Maxim Viburnum Tomentosum, Thunb., Var. Plicatum, Maxim
Rifle-calibre Maxim Gun Rifle-calibre Maxim Gun

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Maxim 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."
    • Maxim (Mus) The longest note formerly used, equal to two longs, or four breves; a large.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n maxim A proposition serving as a rule or guide; a summary statement of an established or accepted principle; a pithy expression of a general rule of conduct or action, whether true or false: as, the maxims of religion or of law; the maxims of worldly wisdom or of avarice; ethical maxims.
    • n maxim In logic, the rule of a commonplace; an ultimate major premise.
    • n maxim An axiom.
    • n maxim Same as maxima. Synonyms Precept, Axiom, etc. See aphorism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Maxim maks′im a general principle, serving as a rule or guide: a pithy saying: a proverb
    • n Maxim maks′im often put for Max′im-gun, an automatic machine-gun capable of firing as many as 620 rounds per minute, and of accurate shooting up to 3000 yards.
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Quotations

  • Immanuel Kant
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    “Act as if the maxim of your action were to become through your will a general natural law”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
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    “It is the briefest yet wisest maxim which tells us to meddle not.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
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    “Free people, remember this maxim: We may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.”
  • Richard Whately
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    “Honesty is the best policy; but he who is governed by that maxim is not an honest man.”
  • Wayne Dyer
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    “Maxim for life: You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you.”
  • Maxim Gorky
    Maxim Gorky
    “In the maxim of the past you cannot go anywhere.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Hiram Maxim, the inventor.

Usage

In literature:

Another calls this a maxim of prudery and the legacy of a maiden aunt.
"How To Behave: A Pocket Manual Of Republican Etiquette, And Guide To Correct Personal Habits" by Samuel R Wells
On this occasion, the occurrence of Henri's second visit, Mere Maxim was more captivating than ever.
"Werwolves" by Elliott O'Donnell
This too is why, in a merely human world without a God, the appeal to our moral energy falls short of its maximal stimulating power.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
Other opinions recommending pleasure and license we resist, out of respect for the old hereditary maxims.
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
In 1849 Flaubert visited Greece, Egypt, and Syria, again accompanied by his friend Maxime Ducamp.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
The Sister was about to obey when the Boer Maxim-Nordenfelt on the southern position rattled.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
I will adhere to that maxim.
"Mediaeval Tales" by Various
But is this a sound maxim?
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
A paper of 'Maxims' which he jotted down as early as 1912 contains many wise and practical remarks.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
Thus grew up the famous "Maxims," about which little need be said.
"The Essays of "George Eliot" Complete" by George Eliot
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In poetry:

That when like babes with fingers burned
We count one bitter maxim more,
Our lesson all the world has learned,
And men are wiser than before.
"What We All Think" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"That's plain," said I, "as Tare and Tret,
To any comprehensio n:
I only wish SOME Ghosts I've met
Would not so CONSTANTLY forget
The maxim that you mention!"
"Phantasmagoria Canto II ( Hys Fyve Rules )" by Lewis Carroll
Each day that I live I am persuaded anew,
A maxim I long have believed in, is true.
Each day I grow firmer in this, my belief,
Strong drink causes half the world's trouble and grief.
"The Same Old Strain" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Better it is that patriarch's steps to trace,
With faith, perfection, and each virtue crown'd,
Than 'tis the world's vile maxims to embrace,
And with the vicious multitude be drown'd.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
"Life," says the sage, "affords no bliss sincere,
And courts and cells in vain our hopes renew:
But, ah! where Grenvile charms the listening ear,
'Tis hard to think the cheerless maxim true.
"Elegy XXIV. He Takes Occasion, From the Fate of Eleanor of Bretagne" by William Shenstone
To know a man well, it is said, Walter Gay,
On shipboard with him you should be:
If this maxim's true, then well I know you,
For we sailed together the sea, Walter Gay,
For we sailed together the sea.
"Walter Gay." by George Pope Morris

In news:

I'm a neurologist who specializes in the care of persons with MS Today we're going to "chat" about the benefits of exercise for people with MS in staying fit, preventing complications and maximizing function.
In a new television ad, the campaign accuses the Republican nominee of investing in a company that maximized profits by paying Chinese workers "next to nothing" to manufacture appliances.
The system was furnished complete with a brine regeneration system to regularly regenerate the AdEdge AD-NO3 IX resin to maximize the efficiency in removing the nitrates .
Designed to maximize the impact on the business, hear the story about the two-year process of building an Organization Effectiveness & Development (OED) function within EMC University.
The best way for a business to maximize profits is not to seek to maximize profits.
Bouwmeester brawling with Maxime Talbot in November 2005.
John O'Boyle, Senior Business Manager, Mil/Aero Group, Maxim Integrated Products.
There's a maxim when studying history that goes: You have to judge a people by the context of their times.
Designed to maximize the impact on the business, hear the story about the two-year process of building an Organization Effectiveness & Development ( OED ) function within EMC University.
Maximizing the Potential of Your Ophthalmic Office What You Need to Know About Planning and Design.
In timed, zero-sum games, the goal is to maximize the probability of winning, which is not necessarily the same as maximizing our expected reward.
Coffee table height maximizes warmth and enjoyment.
Kasper An outdoorsman needs a variety of tools to maximize his camping, hunting or fishing trip.
The Hampden Volunteer Fire Department is hoping to replace two of its engines, including the 1972 Maxim Pumper pictured here, with a single tanker/pumper apparatus.
Dump trailers can maximize payloads in select applications.
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In science:

As the final step in the maximization of the von Neumann entropy SvN (y ) of a density matrix of the particular form (19) for fixed x ≡ 2πRE = γ z = γ aq , we note that maximizing y (and hence SvN (y )) for fixed x is equivalent to minimizing x for fixed y .
Defining Entropy Bounds
For example, for a field theory with particles of spin ≤ 1, the maximal number of supercharges of the supersymmetry algebra is 16, and the maximal number of fermionic generators in a superconformal field theory is 32.
Large N field theories from superstrings
For example, when a perfect replica of the original state is only of use, maximizing the average fidelity does not have to be the best strategy because it can mean none of the replica states are perfect even though the density matrix of the replica ensemble maximally resembles the original state.
Optimal conclusive teleportation of a d-dimensional unknown state
The order of K is maximal (among al l maximal subgroups).
Finite simple groups and localization
Regarding the adjacency matrix A(N ,p ), it is shown in that its maximal eigenvalue is closely related with the maximal degree ∆ of a random graph.
Stochastic version of the Erdos-Renyi limit theorem
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