A benchmark is defined as a standard by which all others are measured.(noun)
An example of a benchmark is a novel that is the first of its genre.
The definition of a benchmark is to measure something against a standard.(verb)
An example of benchmark is to compare a recipe to the original chef's way of doing it.
See benchmark in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: From the use of the mark as a place to insert an angle iron that serves as a support for a leveling rod.
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