gist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gist the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience "the gist of the prosecutor's argument","the heart and soul of the Republican Party","the nub of the story"
    • n gist the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gist A resting place. "These quails have their set gists ; to wit, ordinary resting and baiting places."
    • Gist The main point, as of a question; the point on which an action rests; the pith of a matter; as, the gist of a question.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gist A resting-place; a couch.
    • n gist A lodging-place; a place of rest or halt in traveling.
    • n gist A beam: same as joist.
    • n gist The point on which an action rests; the substance or pith of a matter; the main point: as, the gist of an argument.
    • gist An aphetic form of agist (which see).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gist jist the main point or pith of a matter.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. giste, abode, lodgings, F. gîte, fr. gésir, to lie, L. jacēre, prop., to be thrown, hence, to lie, fr. jacĕre, to throw. In the second sense fr. OF. gist, F. gît, 3d pers. sing. ind. of gésir, to lie, used in a proverb, F., c'est là que gît, le lièvre, it is there that the hare lies, i. e., that is the point, the difficulty. See Jet a shooting forth, and cf. Agist Joist (n.) Gest a stage in traveling
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From an old French proverb, 'I know where the hare lies'—i.e. I know the main point—O. Fr. gist (Fr. gît)—O. Fr. gesir (Fr. gésir), to lie—L. jacēre.

Usage

In literature:

His friend, Captain White Eyes, followed, and the gist of his speech, also, Henry learned somewhat later from Heno.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
But the gist of the will was as follows.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
The above is the gist of the narrative.
"Two Wonderful Detectives" by Harlan Page Halsey
It's the gist of most of the newspapers he reads.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
But Mr. Starkweather got the gist of it.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
As to the gist of the letter itself, it was some time before he understood it.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
That is the gist of Kant's philosophy; and, apart from Kant, it is the vague practical knowledge which experience teaches us.
"Hortus Vitae" by Violet Paget, AKA Vernon Lee
Yes, Omega and Thalma had garnered the gist of the world's treasures before commencing this last trek.
"Omega, the Man" by Lowell Howard Morrow
At least they understood the gist of it.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
General M. GIST, of the same.
"Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather" by Charles W. Upham
Mr. Davidson was to go along as Indian interpreter, and Mr. Gist as guide.
"The Farmer Boy, and How He Became Commander-In-Chief" by Morrison Heady
He did not understand the gist of the question.
"The Wonder" by J. D. Beresford
The gist of the story is as follows: The fox and the rabbit fall in love with King Deer's daughter.
"Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas W. Talley
This was the gist of the story in all the papers.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
I am not sure that I well understood or well remember, but something of this kind was the gist of it.
"Appearances" by Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
And here comes the gist of the message.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
The gist of the whole matter reduces to a simple syllogism.
"Doctor Jones' Picnic" by S. E. Chapman
Lucy failed to catch the gist of the remark.
"The Wall Between" by Sara Ware Bassett
That intangible, elusive but potential thing called "character" forms the gist of editorial advice.
"Sex=The Unknown Quantity" by Ali Nomad
This request was granted, and Brother Gist was again named as Warrant Master.
"Washington's Masonic Correspondence" by Julius F. Sachse
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In poetry:

Ye have played with the Law between your lips,
And mouthed it daintilee;
But the gist o' the speech is ill to teach,
For ye say: "Let wrong go free."
"The Ballad of the Red Earl" by Rudyard Kipling
There's mony a heid that was black as the craw,
Or broun as the berry, noo white as the snaw,
The speerit inside, that's the gist o' the matter—
The heid's the ootside o' the cup an' the platter.
"The Feast of The "Munches"" by Janet Hamilton
Then came pleas and rejoinders, rebutters, demurrers,
Such as Chitty would plough into Richard Roe's furrows; —
Cross questions, and very cross answers, to suit —
So the gist of the case was the point in dispute.
"Scire Facias" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard

In news:

Perioperative Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors for GIST: Standard.
Still, it gives you the general gist of the thing.
South Charleston's Miles Gist (22) pressures Capital's Josh McCord.
That was the gist of the National Weather Service's monthly weather summary issued Monday.
The gist of that article was that those parts are very small and we d0n't yet have a process that we feel … Continue reading.
I advise my clients to use plenty of photos, subheads, and bullet points so readers can skim the text and images to pick up the gist of the story.
That's the gist of this Bloomberg story, which says Mayfield Heights-based Parker and Illinois Tool Works Inc of Glenview, Ill.
Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist.
Deborah Gist is the first one to tell you that she doesn't have a stop button.
Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist said bullying of any type is not to be tolerated.
Board rules in favor of union over Gist email.
That was the gist of many headlines after a Stanford University study concluded recently that organic food is no more nutritious than conventional food.
That's the gist of Green Day's lighthearted new video for swinging ¡Dos.
Partly Cloudy / 57° F. King's Fork sophomore left midfielder Rachel Gist takes a shot on goal during practice last week.
Lastly, the gist of what Richardson said out loud is the attitude Missouri's coaches have been trying to instill since the move to the SEC was announced.
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In science:

To evaluate summaries, we used ROUGE (Recall Oriented Understudy for Gisting Evaluation) .
Diversity in Ranking using Negative Reinforcement
In Section 5, it is seen that, just as for the above-mentioned galaxy survey problem, the gist of the method can be understood from a simple analogy with quantum mechanics.
A method for extracting maximum resolution power spectra from microwave sky maps
This smoothness of ψ is really the gist of the method, as it radically reduces “ringing” in Fourier space, “kinetic energy”, without increasing the “potential energy” hψ |V (br)|ψi much at all.
A method for extracting maximum resolution power spectra from microwave sky maps
The following notion is the gist in recasting the various coloring questions in the functorial language.
Chromatic numbers, morphism complexes, and Stiefel-Whitney characteristic classes
The gist of Compressed Sensing (CS) relies on two fundamental properties : 1) Compressibility of the data : The signal X is said to be compressible if it exists a dictionary Φ where the coefficients α = ΦT X , obtained after decomposing X on Φ, are sparsely distributed.
Astronomical Data Analysis and Sparsity: from Wavelets to Compressed Sensing
Gist is a tool that (a) solves the qualitative analysis problem of turn-based probabilistic games with ω -regular ob jectives; and (b) synthesizes reasonable environment assumptions for synthesis of unrealizable specifications.
GIST: A Solver for Probabilistic Games
Gist (Game solver from IST) is a tool for (a) qualitative analysis of turn-based probabilistic games (2 1/2-player games) with ω -regular ob jectives, and (b) computing environment assumptions for synthesis of unrealizable specifications.
GIST: A Solver for Probabilistic Games
Our tool is compatible with several other game solving and synthesis tools: Gist is compatible with PGSolver and GOAL.
GIST: A Solver for Probabilistic Games
All the libraries that Gist uses are packaged along with it.
GIST: A Solver for Probabilistic Games
Gist is written in Scala and it uses several other tools.
GIST: A Solver for Probabilistic Games
The graphical interface for Gist consists of a window for each kind of game graph, automata, and formula the tool handles.
GIST: A Solver for Probabilistic Games
When Gist is invoked, a window is shown with buttons for each kind. A window for a specific kind contains buttons that represent relevant actions that can be performed.
GIST: A Solver for Probabilistic Games
We have chosen small examples for the simplicity of the presentation to illustrate the usage of Gist.
GIST: A Solver for Probabilistic Games
These examples demonstrate the usage of Gist for computation of environment assumptions for synthesis and uses solution of 2 1/2-player games.
GIST: A Solver for Probabilistic Games
We can compute an environment assumption for this specification using Gist.
GIST: A Solver for Probabilistic Games
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