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gist

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noun \ˈjist\

Definition of gist

  1. 1 :  the ground of a legal action

  2. 2 :  the main point or part :  essence <the gist of an argument>



Examples of gist

  1. … Einstein showed how time intervals depend on the motion of people and clocks doing the measuring. And that's the gist of relativity. —Alan Lightman, Science, January/February 1984

  2. Thus, Poulterers' Case gave rise to a doctrine which survives to this day: the gist of conspiracy is the agreement, and so the agreement is punishable even if its purpose was not achieved. —Wayne R. LaFave & Austin W. Scott, Jr., Criminal Law, (1972) 1986

  3. Dorothea told him that she had seen Lydgate, and recited the gist of her conversation with him about the Hospital. —George Eliot, Middlemarch,1872

  4. <didn't catch every word between them, but heard enough to get the gist of the conversation>



Origin of gist

Anglo-French, it lies, from gisir to lie, ultimately from Latin jacēre — more at adjacent


First Known Use: circa 1711

Rhymes with gist



GIST Defined for Kids

gist

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noun \ˈjist\

Definition of gist

  1. :  the main point of a matter <He spoke so fast, I only got the gist of the story.>





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