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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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This 97 km long slab of ice is a remnant of an iceberg of more than 5,000 sq km that broke off, or calved, in 1987, making it one of the largest icebergs ever recorded in Antarctica.
The NATO planes were careful to strike the military vehicles at both ends of the column and broke off the attack when the pilots noted the civilians, Pentagon officials said.
I passed them back, and had a 20-minute lead and at the 200 (mile) mark, the front shock bolt broke off,'' he said.
The Los Angeles Fire Department grounded its fleet of helicopters for inspection Monday after investigators concluded a blade broke off the tail rotor of a 22-year-old Bell 205 chopper before it crashed near Griffith Park.
Saban Entertainment said contract talks with SAG broke off last June over the union's failure to acknowledge the economics of children's TV, but Masur disputed that, saying talks were mired down by Saban's stalling tactics.
The woman, who had been engaged for the past 18 months to a man she met via facebook, broke off because of a "Like" and congratulatory comment she posted on the facebook page of a female friend.
Summary: A witness giving evidence in defence of Conrad Murray became so overwhelmed the Judge broke off proceedings.
A driver experienced hardest minutes of his life, when rescue team's steel ropes broke off.
Summary: WASHINGTON: An ice island four times the size of Manhattan broke off from one of Greenland's two main glaciers, scientists said on Friday, in the biggest such event in the Arctic in nearly 50 years.
The chunks broke off from the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf on the coast of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, forming two floating ice islands, according to scientists.
It is thought to be the biggest block to come adrift in the region since a 24 square mile piece broke off nearby Ayles ice shelf in 2005.
In January 2007 in Ireland, a wind turbine blade broke off and smashed through the roof of a farmhouse with the family asleep inside.