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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.
The pair again traded breaks of serve until Sugiyama held to level at 4-4 after saving three break points.
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.
The eighth seed raced through the second 6-1 with two more breaks of serve to book a meeting with Petra Rohanova or Chanelle Van Nguyen in the last 32.
The teenager took the opening set 6-3 and charged into a 3-0 lead in the second with two breaks of serve.
They each grabbed two more breaks of serve in the second set before an anxious buzz of anticipation descended on the arena for the start of the tiebreak.
Two breaks of serve - the second secured with an exquisite backhand winner - saw Henman race into a 4-0 lead.
There were 12 breaks of serve - six to each player - throughout a very tight match.
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.