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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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But there was no respite for Sharapova, and she was under pressure immediately as Williams broke serve for a third time, clenching her fist as a stinging forehand winner flew past her outstretched opponent.
Murray broke serve twice to march into an early lead but Baghdatis replied with three breaks of his own to take the first set and never looked back.
Wawrinka's attacking style gave Murray problems from the start and, after he saved four break points in game two, he broke serve in the following game and moved impressively to 5-2 with six aces and 20 winners.
Murray then broke serve after an epic game early in the third set before running away with the match as Tsonga battled body and mind, the Scot eventually winning 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 6-2.
However Nadal broke serve at 4-4 in the second to level things up and was too good for his rival in the decider, running out a 4-6 6-4 6-3 winner.
Rain delayed the start of the match but it failed to disrupt Murray's rhythm as he broke serve three times to take the first set.
Henman broke serve in the opening game of the match and then consolidated to seize a 2-0 lead.
But 42-year-old Leconte rallied to level at 5-5 before Cash, now 40, broke serve and then served out to take the match.
Kirilenko broke serve in the seventh game, demonstrating she wasn't going to make this a friendly gimmie.
Pierce broke serve twice in the second set, levelling the match with a series of blistering winners.
The fifth seed and world number seven was rarely stretched in the first set and after she broke serve for a 3-1 lead in the second the match was effectively over.
2 broke serve once in the first set and twice in the second as he completely dominated the Spaniard.