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 for Bench mark
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  benchmark \benchmark\, bench mark \bench 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
        (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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bench \Bench\, n.; pl. Benches. [OE. bench, benk, AS. benc;
     akin to Sw. b[aum]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.
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              Mossy benches supplied the place of chairs. --Sir W.
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     2. A long table at which mechanics and other work; as, a
        carpenter's bench.
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     3. The seat where judges sit in court.
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              To pluck down justice from your awful bench. --Shak.
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     4. The persons who sit as judges; the court; as, the opinion
        of the full bench. See King's Bench.
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     5. A collection or group of dogs exhibited to the public; --
        so named because the animals are usually placed on benches
        or raised platforms.
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     6. A conformation like a bench; a long stretch of flat
        ground, or a kind of natural terrace, near a lake or
        [1913 Webster]
     Bench mark (Leveling), one of a number of marks along a
        line of survey, affixed to permanent objects, to show
        where leveling staffs were placed. See bench mark in the
     Bench of bishops, the whole body of English prelates
        assembled in council.
     Bench plane, any plane used by carpenters and joiners for
        working a flat surface, as jack planes, long planes.
     Bench show, an exhibition of dogs.
     Bench table (Arch.), a projecting course at the base of a
        building, or round a pillar, sufficient to form a seat.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bench mark
      n 1: a surveyor's mark on a permanent object of predetermined
           position and elevation used as a reference point [syn:
           benchmark, bench mark]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  78 Moby Thesaurus words for "bench mark":
     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, gravamen, great point, heart, high point, hole,
     important thing, issue, kernel, keystone, landmark,
     latitude and longitude, lieu, lighthouse, lightship, locale,
     locality, location, locus, main point, main thing, mark, marker,
     material point, meat, menhir, milepost, milestone, monument, nub,
     pharos, pinpoint, pith, pivot, place, placement, platform, point,
     position, real issue, region, salient point, seamark, sine qua non,
     site, situation, situs, spot, stead, substance, substantive point,
     the bottom line, the point, tower, turning point, watchtower,
     whereabout, whereabouts

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