[n] the idea that is intended; "What is the meaning of this proverb?"
[n] 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"
[n] what a communication that is about something is about
[n] considerable capital (wealth or income); "he is a man of means"
[n] the stuff of which an object consists
center, content, core, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, matter, meaning, means, meat, message, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, subject matter, sum