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Princeton's WordNet

  1. benchmarknoun

    a standard by which something can be measured or judged

    "his painting sets the benchmark of quality"

  2. benchmark, bench marknoun

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


  1. benchmarknoun

    A standard by which something is evaluated or measured.

  2. benchmarknoun

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

  3. benchmarkverb

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


  1. benchmark

    A benchmark is a standard or point of reference against which things may be compared or assessed. In business, it often refers to a measure used to compare the performance, quality, or efficiency of a system or process. In computing, it's used to test the performance of hardware or software.


  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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of benchmark in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of benchmark in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of benchmark in a Sentence

  1. Kevin McNew:

    At the end of the day, we still need a benchmark, for better or worse, USDA is the best benchmark we have.

  2. Lakshheish M Patel:

    The example of how Stock market's benchmark indices fools investors is that SENSEX and NIFTY shows in green while 95% of share prices are all time low of last 12- 24 months

  3. Jonny Kim:

    BUD/s is a challenge but as you(Jocko Willink) and I know, training is nothing compared to war. You think BUD/s is hard, you think Hell Week is hard? Try getting hit in the face. And then, you reset your benchmark on what is hard, or what is pain, or what is suffering.

  4. World Bank economist Morisset:

    If the port was as efficient as Mombasa, which is certainly not a great benchmark, the country would make almost $2 billion profit gain per year.

  5. Charles Howell III:

    Tiger Woods was the reason that working out become popular, these( younger) guys, it's like they used him as a benchmark. When I came out, Tiger Woods had this massive intimidation factor. Now it's like Tiger Woods is the one who pushed them along and trained them. The dynamic is weird, but probably a guy my age would be more intimidated by Tiger Woods than a guy who is just now coming out.

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