|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
|a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.|
|1.||BM a mark on a stone post or other permanent feature, at a point whose exact elevation and position is known: used as a reference point in surveying|
|2.||a. a criterion by which to measure something; standard; reference point|
|b. (as modifier): a benchmark test|
|3.||to measure or test against a benchmark: the firm benchmarked its pay against that in industry|
benchmarkn. [techspeak] An inaccurate measure of computer performance. "In the computer industry, there are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and benchmarks." Well-known ones include Whetstone, Dhrystone, Rhealstone (see h), the Gabriel LISP benchmarks (see gabriel), the SPECmark suite, and LINPACK. See also machoflops, MIPS, smoke and mirrors.