The word Sikh literally means "learner," "disciple," and was the name given by the first guru Nanak to his followers.
The learner is to be led forward to the unknown by being made to hark back to more familiar groupings of the alphabet of nature which he is coming to recognize with some certainty.
There was a good rapport between tutor and learner.
He seemed, not a professor amongst students, but a learner amongst learners; pauses for thought alternated with luminous exposition; invention accompanied demonstration; and thus originated his Theorie des fonctions analytiques (Paris, 1797).
In his boyhood Bertrand was a dull learner, spending his time in open-air sports and exercises, and could never read or write.