Gist(jst), n. [OF. giste abode, lodgings, F. gte, fr. gsir to lie, L. jacre, prop., to be thrown, hence, to lie, fr. jacre to throw. In the second sense fr. OF. gist, F. gt, 3d pers. sing. ind. of gsir to lie, used in a proverb, F., c'est l que gt le livre, 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.] 1. A resting place. [Obs.]
These quails have their set gists; to wit, ordinary resting and baiting places.Holland.
2. 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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