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bench·mark

 (bĕnch′märk′)
n.
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.]

benchmark

(ˈbɛntʃˌmɑːk)
n
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
2.
a. a criterion by which to measure something; standard; reference point
b. (as modifier): a benchmark test.
vb
to measure or test against a benchmark: the firm benchmarked its pay against that in industry.

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

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n.
a standard or reference by which others can be measured or judged.
[1835–45]
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"

benchmark

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

benchmark

noun
A means by which individuals are compared and judged:
Translations

benchmark

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

benchmark

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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