What does GIST mean?

Definitions for GISTdʒɪst

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. effect, essence, burden, core, gist(noun)

    the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

  2. kernel, substance, core, center, centre, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty(noun)

    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"


  1. gist(Noun)

    The most essential part; the main idea or substance (of a longer or more complicated matter).

  2. gist(Noun)

    The essential ground for action in a suit, without which there is no cause of action.

  3. gist(Noun)

    Resting place (especially of animals), lodging.

  4. gist(Verb)

    To summarize, to extract and present the most important parts of.

  5. Origin: From gist, from the verb gesir, from iaceo. Compare Modern French gésir or gîte.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gist(noun)

    a resting place

  2. Gist(noun)

    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

  3. Origin: [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. GiST

    In computing, GiST or Generalized Search Tree, is a data structure and API that can be used to build a variety of disk-based search trees. GiST is a generalization of the B+ tree, providing a concurrent and recoverable height-balanced search tree infrastructure without making any assumptions about the type of data being stored, or the queries being serviced. GiST can be used to easily implement a range of well-known indexes, including B+ trees, R-trees, hB-trees, RD-trees, and many others; it also allows for easy development of specialized indexes for new data types. It cannot be used directly to implement non-height-balanced trees such as quad trees or prefix trees, though like prefix trees it does support compression, including lossy compression. GiST can be used for any data type that can be naturally ordered into a hierarchy of supersets. Not only is it extensible in terms of data type support and tree layout, it allows the extension writer to support any query predicates that they choose. The most widely-used GiST implementation is in the PostgreSQL relational database; it was also implemented in the Informix Universal Server, and as a standalone library, libgist. GiST is an example of software extensibility in the context of database systems: it allows the easy evolution of a database system to support new tree-based indexes. It achieves this by factoring out its core system infrastructure from a narrow API that is sufficient to capture the application-specific aspects of a wide variety of index designs. The GiST infrastructure code manages the layout of the index pages on disk, the algorithms for searching indexes and deleting from indexes, and complex transactional details such as page-level locking for high concurrency and write-ahead logging for crash recovery. This allows authors of new tree-based indexes to focus on implementing the novel features of the new index type — for example, the way in which subsets of the data should be described for search — without becoming experts in database system internals.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gist

    jist, n. the main point or pith of a matter. [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.]


  1. Gist

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of GIST in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of GIST in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sam Therrell:

    The gist of it was that due to her condition, they were restricting visits to her very closest friends, watchman.

  2. Sam Therrell:

    The gist of it was that due to Tonja Carter condition, they were restricting visits to Tonja Carter very closest friends.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    Fools can't understand even the gist by reading repeatedly the whole book; wise could comprehend easily its content by seeing merely its cover title and the character of its writer.

  4. Bobby Jindal:

    The gist of what Mayor Giuliani said -- that the President has shown himself to be completely unable to speak the truth about the nature of the threats from these ISIS terrorists — is true.

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