Definitions of pith

  1. To destroy the central nervous system of ( an animal, as a frog), as by passing a stout wire or needle up and down the vertebral canal.
  2. To divide the spinal cord of.
  3. 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"
  4. The soft spongy substance in the center of the stems of many plants and trees, especially those of the dicotyledonous or exogenous classes. It consists of cellular tissue.
  5. The spongy interior substance of a feather.
  6. The spinal cord; the marrow.
  7. Hence: The which contains the strength of life; the vital or essential part; concentrated force; vigor; strength; importance; as, the speech lacked pith.
  8. The soft spongy substance in the center of the stem of some plants; marrow; vigor; substance.
  9. The marrow or soft substance in the centre of plants: force: importance: condensed substance: quintessence.
  10. Soft cellular substance in the centre of plants; force; essence.
  11. The soft, spongy tissue in the center of the stem of a plant, the shaft of a feather, or the like; essence; gist; force; vigor.
  12. The soft, spongy substance in the centre of plants; the marrow of an animal; strength or force; energy; cogency; quintessence; weight; importance.
  13. The soft spongy substance in the centre of plants and trees; the best of a thing; strength; force; closeness and vigour of thought and style; applied to the spinal column of nervous matter.
  14. The medulla or central region of a dicotyledonous stem.
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