- A benchmark is defined as a standard by which all others are measured.
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.
An example of benchmark is to compare a recipe to the original chef's way of doing it.
A USGC bench mark in the Grand Canyon.
benchmark definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A standard by which something can be measured or judged: “Inflation . . . is a great distorter of seemingly fixed economic ideas and benchmarks” (Benjamin M. Friedman). See Synonyms at standard.
- often bench mark A surveyor's mark made on a stationary object of previously determined position and elevation and used as a reference point in tidal observations and surveys.
Origin: From the use of the mark as a place to insert an angle iron that serves as a support for a leveling rod.
benchmark - Business Definition
benchmark - Computer Definition
A performance test of hardware and/or software. There are various programs that very accurately test the raw power of a single machine, the interaction in a single client/server system (one server/multiple clients) and the transactions per second in a transaction processing system. However, it is next to impossible to benchmark the performance of an entire enterprise network with a great degree of accuracy. Benchmarks may change their rating scale with new releases of the software. Thus, the same version of the test must often be run to compare results. See PC Magazine benchmarks, BAPCo, ECperf, Linpack, Dhrystone, Whetstone, Khornerstone, SPEC, GPC and RAMP-C.
benchmark - Investment & Finance Definition
A tool for evaluating the performance of a company, department, or individual by comparing its performance to a set of standards. Benchmarks may be cited in terms of numbers, such as sales figures. They also may have to do with meeting specific goals.
Variant of bench mark
- a surveyor's mark made on a permanent landmark of known position and altitude: it is used as a reference point in determining other altitudes
- a standard or point of reference in measuring or judging quality, value, etc.