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Meaning of GIST

Pronunciation:  jist

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
  2. [n]  the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

GIST is a 4 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: burden, center, core, core, effect, essence, essence, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum
 See Also: cognitive content, content, haecceity, hypostasis, import, meaning, mental object, quiddity, quintessence, significance, signification, stuff



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Gist\, n. [OF. giste abode, lodgings, F. g[^i]te, fr.
g['e]sir to lie, L. jac?re, prop., to be thrown, hence, to
lie, fr. jac?re to throw. In the second sense fr. OF. gist,
F. g[^i]t, 3d pers. sing. ind. of g['e]sir to lie, used in a
proverb, F., c'est l[`a] que g[^i]t le li[`e]vre, it is there
that the hare lies, i. e., that is the point, the difficulty.
See {Jet} a shooting forth, and cf. {Agist}, {Joist}, n.,
{Gest} a stage in traveling.]
1. A resting place. [Obs.]

         These quails have their set gists; to wit, ordinary
         resting and baiting places.           --Holland.

2. The main point, as of a question; the point on which an
   action rests; the pith of a matter; as, the gist of a

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