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.