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Noun: gist  jist
  1. The central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
    - effect, essence, burden, core
  2. The choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
    "the gist of the prosecutor's argument";
    - kernel, substance, core, center [US], centre [Brit, Cdn], essence, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty
Verb: gist  jist
  1. Make a summary (of)
    - précis

Derived forms: gisted, gisting, gists

Type of: cognitive content, content, import, meaning, mental object, resume, run over, significance, signification, sum up, summarise [Brit], summarize

Encyclopedia: Gist, Joseph