criterion, example, gauge, level, measure, model, norm, par, reference, reference point, standard, touchstone, yardstick
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benchmark ( benchmarks plural ) , bench mark A benchmark is something whose quality or quantity is known and which can therefore be used as a standard with which other things can be compared. n-count usu sing, oft N for n
The truck industry is a benchmark for the economy.
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