- [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"
Synonyms: kernel, substance, core, center, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty
- [noun] any substance possessing to a high degree the predominant properties of a plant or drug or other natural product from which it is extracted
- [noun] the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
Synonyms: effect, burden, core, gist
- [noun] a toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor