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benchmark

(bench′mark″)
1. A criterion of quality or service in health care, usually expressed as a measurable standard.
2. A reference standard or basis for comparison that serves as a definition of a norm.

benchmark

a point of reference about which comparisons can be made.
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Generally Accepted Accounting Principles starting in 1998 to make it easier for investors and management to bench-mark CN's results against those of U.
So it's to be hoped Lord Dawson set the bench-mark yesterday when he jailed an Ecstasy dealer for seven years.
The increased realized price was primarily attributable to a significant increase in the Australian 1995 bench-mark price of coal to $US 40.
Further, health and practice pattern indicators derived from data collection and analysis will need to be compared to bench-marks for both quality improvement programs and quality documentation for sophisticated insurers and employers.