aliquot : some, several.
aliquot: A sample of precisely determined amount taken from a material.
The EPA's definition:
A measured portion of a sample taken for analysis. One or more aliquots make up a sample. (See: duplicate.) (Source: Office of Communications, Education, and Media Relations: Terms of Environment: Glossary, Abbreviations, and Acronyms (Revised December 1997) Term Detail)
A portion of a sample. (Source: State of New Jersey: New Jersey Field Analysis Manual Term Detail)
Portion of a sample. (Source: Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water: A Dictionary of Technical and Legal Terms Related to Drinking Water Term Detail)
American Heritage Dictionary:
PRONUNCIATION: ăl' ĭ-kwŏt', -kwət
ADJECTIVE: Of, relating to, or denoting an exact divisor or factor of a quantity, especially of an integer.
NOUN: An aliquot part.
ETYMOLOGY: Latin aliquot, a number of, several : alius, some; see al-[sup]1[/sup] in Appendix I + quot, how many; see k[sup]w[/sup]o- in Appendix I.
"I won't say that Noel Tungs' knowledge of Swedish is hard to measure, but it is just barely enough for an aliquot."