bench mark
benchmark enchmark, bench mark ench mark (Surveying) 1. Any permanent mark to which other levels may be referred. such as: (a) A horizontal mark at the water's edge with reference to which the height of tides and floods may be measured. (b) a surveyer's mark on a permanent object of predetermined position and elevation used as a reference point. [Webster 1913 Suppl. + WordNet 1.5]

2. something serving as a standard by which related items may be judged; as, his painting sets the benchmark of quality. [PJC + WordNet 1.5]

3. a test or series of tests designed to compare the qualities or performance of different devices of the same type. Certain sets of computer programs are much used as benchmarks for comparing the performance of different computers, especially by comparing the time it takes to complete a test. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Bench mark — Bench Bench, n.; pl. {Benches}. [OE. bench, benk, AS. benc; akin to Sw. b[ a]nk, Dan b[ae]nk, Icel. bekkr, OS., D., & G. bank. Cf. {Bank}, {Beach}.] 1. A long seat, differing from a stool in its greater length. [1913 Webster] Mossy benches… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bench|mark — bench mark, 1. Surveying. mark made on a rock, post, or other landmark, and used as a starting point or guide in a line of levels for the determination of altitudes. 2. Figurative. anything that is taken as, or serves as, a point of reference.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bench mark — bench′ mark n. 1) cvb sur a mark of known or assumed elevation from which other elevations may be established Abbr.: BM 2) benchmark …   From formal English to slang

  • bench mark — 1. 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 2. a standard or point of reference in measuring or judging quality, value, etc.: Also, and for 2… …   English World dictionary

  • bench mark — noun a surveyor s mark on a permanent object of predetermined position and elevation used as a reference point • Syn: ↑benchmark • Hypernyms: ↑reference point, ↑point of reference, ↑reference * * * I. noun 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • bench mark —    A relatively permanent mark, natural or artificial, furnishing a survey point at a known elevation in relation to an adopted datum [16]. Bench marks, or marked points, connected by precise leveling, constitute the control of landsurface… …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • bench mark — a mark affixed to a permanent object to furnish a datum level, e.g. in tidal observations, river levels …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • bench mark — Synonyms and related words: abode, area, bearings, bookmark, cairn, cardinal point, catstone, chief thing, climax, core, cornerstone, crisis, critical point, crux, district, emplacement, essence, essential, essential matter, fundamental, gist,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • bench mark — A mark on a fixed and enduring object, indicating a particular elevation and used as a reference in topographical surveys and tidal observations. Ace Const. Co. v. U. S., 185 Ct.Cl. 487, 401 F.2d 816, 820. Standard unit for basis of comparison …   Black's law dictionary

  • bench mark — A mark on a fixed and enduring object, indicating a particular elevation and used as a reference in topographical surveys and tidal observations. Ace Const. Co. v. U. S., 185 Ct.Cl. 487, 401 F.2d 816, 820. Standard unit for basis of comparison …   Black's law dictionary

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