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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.]


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.

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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"


noun reference point, gauge, yardstick, measure, level, example, standard, model, reference, par, criterion, norm, touchstone The truck industry is a benchmark for the economy.


A means by which individuals are compared and judged:


A. Ncota f
B. CPD benchmark price Nprecio m de referencia


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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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.
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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.
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The donation was handed over by Oil Minister and Bapco chairman Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa to Crown Prince's Court political and economic adviser Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa.
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The Bapco Modernization Program will expand the Bapco refinery capacity and introduce further depth of conversion and upgrading of heavy oil," said Daniel McCarthy, President of CB&I~s Technology operating group.
Bapco chief executive Dr Peter Bartlett and US-based CLG's managing director Leon de Bruyn signed the technology licence and engineering services agreements for CLG's LC-FINING technology for Bapco's residue hydrocracking unit and ISOCRACKING technology for the new hydrocracking unit, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
BAPCO and its contractor employees have achieved a new record in safety by completing one million hours without a lost time injury.