a standard of excellence, achievement, etc., against which similar things must be measured or judged:
The new hotel is a benchmark in opulence and comfort.
any standard or reference by which others can be measured or judged:
The current price for crude oil may become the benchmark.
Computers. an established point of reference against which computers or programs can be measured in tests comparing their performance, reliability, etc.
Surveying. Usually, bench mark. a marked point of known or assumed elevation from which other elevations may be established.
of, relating to, or resulting in a benchmark:
benchmark test, benchmark study.
to test (something) in order to develop a standard:
IT benchmarked the new software.
to measure (something) against a standard:
executive salaries benchmarked against the industry.
a mark on a stone post or other permanent feature, at a point whose exact elevation and position is known: used as a reference point in surveying BM
a criterion by which to measure something; standard; reference point
(as modifier): a benchmark test
to measure or test against a benchmark: the firm benchmarked its pay against that in industry
adjective (NZ) (of a hillside) hollowed out in benches Historical Examples Frank Merriwell’s Backers Burt L. Standish Frank Merriwell’s Backers Burt L. Standish
to force (an object, especially a long or thin one) from a straight form into a curved or angular one, or from a curved or angular form into some different form: to bend an iron rod into a hoop. to direct or turn in a particular direction: to bend one’s energies to the task. to […]
the bend or joint of the human arm between upper arm and forearm. the corresponding joint in the forelimb of a quadruped. something bent like an elbow, as a sharp turn in a road or river, or a piece of pipe bent at an angle. Architecture, crossette. Also called ell, el. a plumbing pipe or […]
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the ordinary bend, extending from the dexter chief to the sinister base. Historical Examples Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore Lessons in the Art of Illuminating W. J. Loftie