The Alternative English Dictionary: aliquot

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aliquot etymology From French aliquote, from Latin aliquot. pronunciation
  • /ˈælɪkwɒt/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Contained in the whole an integral number of times;
    • 1794, George Adams (Jr), Lectures on Natural and Experimental Philosophy, Considered in its Present State of Improvement. Describing, in a Familiar and Easy Manner, The Principal Phenomena of Nature, and Shewing, That They All Co-operate in Displaying the Goodness, Wisdom, and Power of God, If, therefore, every aliquot diviſion produced a ſenſible effect by it's{{sic}} vibration, we ſhould hear in every muſical ſtring an infinite variety of chords, diſſonant and conſonant, in ſharp and flat keys at the ſame time.
    • 1853, Joseph Whitworth, New York Industrial Exhibition: Official Report, page 166, “The United States standard yard … has a thin strip of silver, {{frac}} inch broad, let into it through its entire length. It is divided into small divisions, each being an aliquot part of an inch.”
    • :, 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, modernist novel, “''…the meal should be divided in aliquot parts among the members of the sick and indigent roomkeeper’s association as a token of his regard and esteem.''”
  • aliquant
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chemistry, biotechnology) a portion of a total amount of a solution or suspension.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, chemistry, biotechnology, transitive) to separate a volume of solution or suspension into aliquots.
The verb form of aliquot is very commonly used in informal scientific jargon, but has not been fully accepted in formal usage.

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