gist gist  /ˈdʒɪst/


  1. (n) the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
  2. (n) the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience


  1. It's a crafts-only marketplace oozing with personality imagine if Martha Stewart were reincarnated as Ani DiFranco and you get the gist.
  2. Here's the gist: In blind tests, our trained tasters compared a big national brand with a store brand in 29 food categories.
  3. The German Ambassador in Brussels telephoned Berlin the gist of Belgium's decision.


  1. Gist highest paid ed. commish in region

    R.I. Education Commissioner Deborah Gist was already the highest paid state education official in New England even before the Board of Education voted to extend her contract – which includes a 2% annual raise – by two years Thursday.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: WPRI Providence

  2. Gist's contract renewed for 2 years

    Gist's contract renewed for 2 years Gist accepted the contract Thursday night following a 7-3 vote by the state's Board of Education at its meeting at the Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick. Gist has been criticized by some public school teachers for her support of using a standardized test to determine whether high school students are ready to graduate.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  3. Gist's contract renewed

    WARWICK – Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, who made herself a lightning rod in the politically and emotionally charged issue of education reform, won a two-year renewal of her contract from the new Board of Education after meeting behind closed doors for more than two hours Thursday. The renewal came with two 2-percent increases in her base salary of just over $190,000, one immediately and ...
    on June 7, 2013     Source: The Woonsocket Call


  1. "Collecting data of various pollution sources will be an important basis for environmental protection, a crucial gist for optimizing economic structure and an important step toward an environment-friendly society," said Chinese Vice Premier Zeng...
    on Jan 5, 2008 By: Zeng Peiyan Source: Environment News Service

  2. "I only needed to see a little bit of it to see what we're up against," Pennington said Wednesday. "I didn't want to sit there and watch the rest of it. I got the gist of what was going on."
    on Oct 3, 2007 By: Chad Pennington Source: USA Today

  3. "The gist of what I was trying to get them to understand was to stay together during difficult times," Matta said about his postgame talk to his players. "Five guys together."
    on Feb 14, 2007 By: Thad Matta Source: ESPN

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