benchmark


benchmark
benchmark
This is a busy word with an interesting history and some recent developments. In its original physical meaning it referred to a wedge-shaped incision made by surveyors in a vertical surface so that a bracket could be inserted to form a bench or support for surveying equipment at a fixed and reproducible height. By the 1880s it had developed a figurative meaning, ‘a point of reference, a standard’; more recently, the rapid growth in the use of personal computers has led to the development of benchmark software designed to perform comparative tests on different models. This meaning has also spawned a verb: to benchmark a system is to apply a benchmark test to it:

• We haven't had a chance to completely benchmark the new low-cost Mac models —MacWorld, 1993.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • benchmark — (n.) also bench mark, surveyor s point of reference, 1838, from a specialized surveyors use of BENCH (Cf. bench) + MARK (Cf. mark) (1); figurative sense is from 1884 …   Etymology dictionary

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  • benchmark — ► NOUN 1) a standard or point of reference. 2) a surveyor s mark cut in a wall and used as a reference point in measuring altitudes …   English terms dictionary

  • benchmark — (1) A standard of comparison used for judging performance. For example, the return from a bond portfolio may be compared to the return from a benchmark instrument or portfolio. In this context, a nearly risk free benchmark or one that closely… …   Financial and business terms


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