Definitions for Benchmark
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a mark of known or assumed elevation from which other elevations may be established.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Surveying
Ref: Abbr.: BM 1
Ref: benchmark . 2
or bench′ mark`, 1 2
a standard or reference by which others can be measured or judged.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Origin of benchmark:
a standard by which something can be measured or judged
"his painting sets the benchmark of quality"
benchmark, bench mark(noun)
a surveyor's mark on a permanent object of predetermined position and elevation used as a reference point
A standard by which something is evaluated or measured.
A surveyor's mark made on some stationary object and shown on a map; used as a reference point.
To measure the performance of (an item) relative to another similar item in an impartial scientific manner.
The New Hacker's Dictionary
[techspeak] An inaccurate measure of computer performance. “In the computer industry, there are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and benchmarks.” Well-known ones include Whetstone, Dhrystone, Rhealstone (see h), the Gabriel LISP benchmarks, the SPECmark suite, and LINPACK. See also machoflops, MIPS, smoke and mirrors.