gist / jist/ • n. [in sing.] 1. the substance or essence of a speech or text: she noted the gist of each message.2. Law the real point of an action: damage is the gist of the action and without it the plaintiff must fail.
gist (leg.) ground of an action, etc. XVIII; substance or essence of a matter XIX. — OF. gist (mod. gît), 3rd sg. pres. ind. of F. gésir lie (:- L. jacēre).
GIST n. see gastrointestinal (stromal tumour).
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