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Noun gist has 2 senses
- effect, essence, burden, core, gist - the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
--1 is a kind of meaning, significance, signification, import
- kernel, substance, core, center, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty - 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"
--2 is a kind of content, cognitive content, mental object
--2 has particulars: