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benchmark

Noun

1 a standard by which something can be measured or judged; "his painting sets the benchmark of quality"
2 a surveyor's mark on a permanent object of predetermined position and elevation used as a reference point [syn: bench mark]

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English

Etymology

bench + mark

Noun

  1. a standard by which something is evaluated or measured
  2. a surveyor's mark made on some stationary object and shown on a map; used as a reference point

Verb

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

Extensive Definition

Benchmark may refer to:
The term benchmark originates from the chiseled horizontal marks that surveyors made, into which an angle-iron could be placed to bracket ("bench") a levelling rod, thus ensuring that the levelling rod can be repositioned in exactly the same place in the future.
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benchmark in Japanese: ベンチマーク
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