benchmark (plural benchmarks)

  1. A standard by which something is evaluated or measured.
    • 2013, Marina Hyde, Is the pope Catholic? (in The Guardian, 20 September 2013)
      Is the pope Catholic? Forgive the posing of a question that is usually rhetorical, the absolute benchmark of certainty, and traditionally regarded as even more settled than the one pertaining to the lavatorial arrangements of bears.
  2. A surveyor's mark made on some stationary object and shown on a map; used as a reference point.
  3. (computing) A computer program that is executed to assess the performance of the runtime environment.
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benchmark (benchmarks, present participle benchmarking; past and past participle benchmarked)

  1. (transitive) To measure the performance of (an item) relative to another similar item in an impartial scientific manner.

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