(noun, verb)


1. the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

Similar word(s): burden, core, effect, essence

Definition categories: communication, import, meaning, significance, signification

2. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

- the gist of the prosecutor's argument

Similar word(s): center, centre, core, essence, heart, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nub, pith, substance, sum

Definition categories: thought, content


1. To summarize, to extract and present the most important parts of.