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n. 1 a standard or point of reference against which things may be compared: the pay settlement will set a benchmark for other employers and workers. a problem designed to evaluate the performance of a computer system.
2 a surveyor’s mark cut in a wall, pillar, or building and used as a reference point in measuring altitudes.
v. [with obj.] evaluate (something) by comparison with a standard: we are benchmarking our performance against external criteria.
no obj., with adverbial] give particular results during a benchmark test: the device should benchmark at between 100 and 150 MHz.
benchmark test n. a test using a benchmark to evaluate a computer system’s performance.
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene, poem or haiku using the word benchmark.
Journaling Prompt: What or who do you compare yourself to and why.
Art Prompt: Benchmark
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Create an inspirational piece in which you create a benchmark and give your audience the method to reach for it.
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