Definition of gist:
marrow squash, spunk, bone marrow, root, center field, summation, mall, core, shopping center, load, eye, warmness, sum total, effect, center, inwardness, soul, nubble, join, sum of money, middle, shopping mall, fondness, warmheartedness, center of attention, essence, totality, ticker, kernel, incumbrance, issue, perfume, stub, substance, force, magnetic core, content, plaza, philia, nerve, snapper, impression, nerve centre, encumbrance, centerfield, bosom, aggregate, marrow, heart, centre, consequence, loading, mettle, union, nucleus, gravamen, spirit, be, burden, vegetable marrow, means, result, internality, heart and soul, shopping centre, quintessence, stuff, nub, onus, centre of attention, tenderness, event, core group, pith, affection, amount, outcome, subject matter, meat, midpoint, nerve center, pump, total, amount of money, nitty-gritty, affectionateness, sum.
- meaning (part of speech: noun)
- substance (part of speech: noun)
In the latter case, positive personal pain was the gist of the matter- in the former, the heart might be pierced, and the mind be overwhelmed, without the necessity of any such incurable affliction as the children's deaths amount to.- "My Life as an Author", Martin Farquhar Tupper.
- "Problems of Poverty", John A. Hobson.
- "The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story", Various.