NOUN: BENCHMARK; PLURAL NOUN: BENCHMARKS
1. a standard or point of reference against which things may be compared or assessed.
Synonyms: standard, point of reference, gauge, guide, guideline, guiding principle, norm, touchstone, yardstick, barometer, indicator, measure, model, exemplar, pattern, criterion, specification, convention "the settlement became the benchmark for all future negotiations"
VERB: BENCHMARK; 3RD PERSON PRESENT: BENCHMARKS; PAST TENSE: BENCHMARKED; PAST PARTICIPLE: BENCHMARKED; GERUND OR PRESENT PARTICIPLE: BENCHMARKING
1. evaluate or check (something) by comparison with a standard. "we are benchmarking our performance against external criteria"