- 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 )
- often bench mark A surveyor's mark made on a stationary object of previously determined position and elevation and used as a reference point, as in geologic surveys or tidal observations.
transitive verbbench·marked, bench·mark·ing, bench·marks
Origin of benchmarkFrom the use of the surveyor's mark as a place to insert an angle iron that serves as a bench or level surface, for the support for a leveling rod
US Geological Survey