from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The central idea; the essence. See Synonyms at substance.
- n. Law The grounds for action in a suit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The most essential part; the main idea or substance (of a longer or more complicated matter).
- n. The essential ground for action in a suit, without which there is no cause of action.
- n. Resting place (especially of animals), lodging.
- v. To summarize, to extract and present the most important parts of.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A resting place.
- n. The main point, as of a question; the point on which an action rests; the pith of a matter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A resting-place; a couch.
- n. A lodging-place; a place of rest or halt in traveling.
- n. A beam: same as joist.
- n. The point on which an action rests; the substance or pith of a matter; the main point: as, the gist of an argument.
- An aphetic form of agist (which see).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
- n. the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
From Anglo-Norman (cest action) gist, (this action) lies, third person sing. of gesir, to lie, from Latin iacēre; see yē- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French gist, from the verb gesir ("to lie down"), from Latin iaceō. Compare Modern French gésir or gîte ("lodging"). (Wiktionary)