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Break

A rapid and sharp price decline. Related: Crash.

Break

1. A sudden, unexpected change in a security's price or in a market's value. While a break could indicate either upward or downward change, the connotation is negative. Especially on the futures market, a break means a steep decline in price, usually the result of a natural disaster affecting the underlying.

2. Less frequently, break refers to a discrepancy in a brokerage's accounting books.

break

1. A sharp price decline in a particular security or in the market as a whole. A break usually occurs when unexpected negative information is made public and investors rush to sell. Also called market break.
2. A discrepancy on the books of a brokerage firm.

break

1. To dissolve an underwriting syndicate.
2. See bust.
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Williams, playing her first tournament since Wimbledon after a knee injury, looked set for a tougher time against world No 185 Minella when the first four games all saw breaks of serve.
But she appeared to dispel any fears with two breaks of serve against Dushevina on her way to wrapping up the opening set in just 27 minutes.
Murray suffered two breaks of serve in the opening set against the hard-hitting Spaniard and then his head dropped as he tamely surrendered another in the second set.
After just two games of Guillermo Coria and David Nalbandian's last-16 clash Coria received treatment on a groin injury and, despite there being no breaks of serve, Nalbandian was trading at 1.
Henman, who showed no ill-effects from the back injury which troubled him during his opening round victory over Ivo Karlovic, eased to the opening set with two breaks of serve.
After trading breaks of serve in the opening two games, Sugiyama got the decisive break in the eighth game with a backhand drop volley.
A tight third set, with no breaks of serve, came to life at 5-5 when Henman broke to give himself the chance of serving for the match but Melzer hit back immediately to take it into a deciding tie-break which he then won to wrap up a 7-6 (7/3) 2-6 7-6 (7/4) triumph.
British number one Baltacha came through a first set featuring six breaks of serve in just nine games, and made short work of the second as she broke twice more.
Both players had already secured their place in the last four, with today's match taking on the air of an exhibition at times with a total of 10 breaks of serve.