benchmark /ˈbɛn(t)ʃmɑːk/


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.

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