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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bench′ mark`(n.)

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

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Surveying

    Ref: Abbr.: BM 1

  2. Ref: benchmark . 2


or bench′ mark`, 1 2

  1. a standard or reference by which others can be measured or judged.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of benchmark:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. benchmark(noun)

    a standard by which something can be measured or judged

    "his painting sets the benchmark of quality"

  2. benchmark, bench mark(noun)

    a surveyor's mark on a permanent object of predetermined position and elevation used as a reference point


  1. benchmark(Noun)

    A standard by which something is evaluated or measured.

  2. benchmark(Noun)

    A surveyor's mark made on some stationary object and shown on a map; used as a reference point.

  3. benchmark(Verb)

    To measure the performance of (an item) relative to another similar item in an impartial scientific manner.


  1. Benchmark

    In computing, a benchmark is the act of running a computer program, a set of programs, or other operations, in order to assess the relative performance of an object, normally by running a number of standard tests and trials against it. The term 'benchmark' is also mostly utilized for the purposes of elaborately-designed benchmarking programs themselves. Benchmarking is usually associated with assessing performance characteristics of computer hardware, for example, the floating point operation performance of a CPU, but there are circumstances when the technique is also applicable to software. Software benchmarks are, for example, run against compilers or database management systems. Benchmarks provide a method of comparing the performance of various subsystems across different chip/system architectures. Test suites are a type of system intended to assess the correctness of software.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. benchmark

    [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.


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