The general meaning of something. To "get the gist" means to understand something, but not to be expert in it.
Bob: Did you read Moby Dick last night?
Steve: Nah, I read spark notes, got the gist.
An un-in-depth explanation or short detailed explanation for any circumstances or happenings that may have occurred!
Chris: Its hard to explain man..
Chris: Its a long story!
John: ok so skip the story then man, just give me the gist!
Chris: Basically i didnt know what was going on and had
a bad reaction!
John: oh.. ok i see!
The gist is in fact the nub, to get the gist is to get the general nub and be all and end of all of the point.
Karis never gets the gist for she is sloooooow. But I love her.
The feeling you get in your pants when a cute teacher walks by, or your gym coach tells you to hit the showers early.
Man, i had such a raging gist today in third period with Mrs. Smith in a mini skirt.