What does the word gist mean?

Usage examples for gist

  1. This seems to be the gist of Khalid's gospel. – The Book of Khalid by Ameen Rihani
  2. I have had occasion to notice that, as a general rule, when I find myself finding fault with a man in this fashion- this vague, eager fashion- the gist of it is that I merely want him to be some one else. – The Lost Art of Reading by Gerald Stanley Lee