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1. A standard by which something can be measured or judged: "Inflation ... is a great distorter of seemingly fixed economic ideas and benchmarks" (Benjamin M. Friedman).
2. often bench mark A surveyor's mark made on a stationary object of previously determined position and elevation and used as a reference point, as in geologic surveys or tidal observations.
tr.v. bench·marked, bench·mark·ing, bench·marks
To measure (a rival's product) according to specified standards in order to compare it with and improve one's own product.

[From the use of the surveyor's mark as a place to insert an angle iron that serves as a bench, or level surface, for the support for a leveling rod.]
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1. (Surveying) a mark on a stone post or other permanent feature, at a point whose exact elevation and position is known: used as a reference point in surveying. Abbreviation: BM
a. a criterion by which to measure something; standard; reference point
b. (as modifier): a benchmark test.
to measure or test against a benchmark: the firm benchmarked its pay against that in industry.
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bench′ mark`

1. a mark of known or assumed elevation from which other elevations may be established. Abbr.: BM


or bench′ mark`

a standard or reference by which others can be measured or judged.
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Noun1.benchmark - a standard by which something can be measured or judged; "his painting sets the benchmark of quality"
criterion, standard, touchstone, measure - a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated; "the schools comply with federal standards"; "they set the measure for all subsequent work"
2.benchmark - a surveyor's mark on a permanent object of predetermined position and elevation used as a reference pointbenchmark - a surveyor's mark on a permanent object of predetermined position and elevation used as a reference point
point of reference, reference point, reference - an indicator that orients you generally; "it is used as a reference for comparing the heating and the electrical energy involved"
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noun reference point, gauge, yardstick, measure, level, example, standard, model, reference, par, criterion, norm, touchstone The truck industry is a benchmark for the economy.
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A means by which individuals are compared and judged:
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A. Ncota f
B. CPD benchmark price Nprecio m de referencia
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n (Surv) → Höhenfestpunkt m; (fig)Maßstab m
adj attr benchmark priceRichtpreis m; benchmark rateBenchmark f; the benchmark machinedie Maschine, die Maßstäbe setzt
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His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa made the remarks as he received, at Gudaibiyah Palace, Oil Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, who introduced to him the new board of directors of Bapco, chaired by Dr Dawed Naseef.
The signing ceremony was held in the presence of Dalal Ahmed Al-Ghais, general manager of Retail Banking at BisB, and Bapco's general manager Marketing Khalid Bu Hazza.
With the valued guidance and support of His Majesty the King of Kingdom of Bahrain HM King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, His Royal Highness the Prime Minister HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa, and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander, First Deputy of the Premier HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, and with the directives and follow up of His Excellency the Minister of Oil , HE Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) has steadily progressed from strength to strength over its eighty-plus year legacy.
The project was executed by an integrated team of contractors, led by Saudi Aramco and Bapco. It is Bapco's largest capital project successfully delivered in recent years.
'The concept of the Bapco Modernisation Programme (BMP) is an optimum refinery configuration that places Bapco amongst the most competitive, profitable, energy efficient and environmentally compliant refineries in the world,' says Dr Bartlett in an exclusive interview with OGN.
Since 1932 -- when it was the first company on the Arabian Peninsula to discover oil -- Bapco has spearheaded the development and growth of Bahrain's oil and gas sector, playing a vital role in the country's modernisation.
Abdul-Kareem told Bahraini newspaper Al-Watan that Bapco has almost completed its ambitious 10-year strategic investment program for modernization of Bapco refinery at a total cost of more than $ 1.2 billion.
The new partnership with SPC Ardmona is an exciting one for Bapco Closures, which has successfully entered the UK and North American markets in the last few years: "This is Bapco Closures' debut in Australia, but one we are confident will lead onto more successes in the future," said Stephen Dawson, CEO of Bapco Closures.
Finnish energy company Neste Oil Corporation, formerly Fortum Oil Oyj, said on Thursday (18 August) that it was proceeding, together with the Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), with the plans for a joint venture to produce high-quality lubricant base oil.
The wrapping up of the financial package means the company can proceed to the next stage of the Bapco Modernisation Programme (BMP).
Bapco said the key project milestone was achieved on October 3 by placing 'oil in' the new AB Pipeline.