I. noun 1. a standard or point of reference against which things may be compared • the pay settlement will set a benchmark for other employers and workers.
2. a problem designed to evaluate the performance of a computer system. • Xstones is a graphics benchmark.
3. a surveyor’s mark cut in a wall, pillar, or building and used as a reference point in measuring altitudes. II. verb — [with obj.] 1. evaluate (something) by comparison with a standard • we are benchmarking our performance against external criteria.
2. [no obj., with adverbial] — give particular results during a benchmark test • the device should benchmark at between 100 and 150 MHz.