benchmark

or bench mark

[ bench-mahrk ]
/ ˈbɛntʃˌmɑrk /

noun

adjective

of, relating to, or resulting in a benchmark: benchmark test, benchmark study.

verb (used with object)

to test (something) in order to develop a standard: IT benchmarked the new software.
to measure (something) against a standard: executive salaries benchmarked against the industry.

Origin of benchmark

First recorded in 1835–45; bench + mark1
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benchmark

/ (ˈbɛntʃˌmɑːk) /

noun

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 surveyingAbbreviation: BM
  1. a criterion by which to measure something; standard; reference point
  2. (as modifier)a benchmark test

verb

to measure or test against a benchmarkthe firm benchmarked its pay against that in industry
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Word Origin and History for benchmark

benchmark


n.

also bench-mark, "surveyor's point of reference," 1838, from a specialized surveyors' use of bench (n.) + mark (n.1); figurative sense is from 1884.

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