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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gist  \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 
  question. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gist 
  n  1:  the  central  meaning  or  theme  of  a  speech  or  literary  work 
  [syn:  {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";  "the  nub  of  the  story"  [syn:  {kernel},  {substance}, 
  {core},  {center},  {essence},  {heart},  {inwardness},  {marrow}, 
  {meat},  {nub},  {pith},  {sum},  {nitty-gritty}] 




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