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Definition of benchmark
1a standard or point of reference against which things may be compared or assessed: [as modifier]:a benchmark case a problem designed to evaluate the performance of a computer system:Xstones is a graphics benchmark 2a surveyor’s mark cut in a wall, pillar, or building and used as a reference point in measuring altitudes.
verb [with object]
evaluate or check (something) by comparison with a standard:we are benchmarking our performance against external criteria [no object]:we continue to benchmark against the competition [no object] show particular results during a benchmark test:the device should benchmark at between 100 and 150 MHz