• WordNet 3.6
    • adj asunder widely separated especially in space "as wide asunder as pole from pole"
    • adv asunder into parts or pieces "he took his father's watch apart","split apart","torn asunder"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Asunder Apart; separate from each other; into parts; in two; separately; into or in different pieces or places. "I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder .""As wide asunder as pole and pole."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • asunder In or into a position apart; apart or separate, either in position or in direction: said of two or more things: as, wide as the poles asunder.
    • asunder In or into a divided state; into separate parts; in pieces: as, to tear, rend, break, burst, or cut asunder.
    • asunder Separately; apart.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Asunder a-sun′dėr apart: into parts: separately.
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  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Law and equity are two things which God has joined, but which man has put asunder.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. a-, + sunder,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prep. a, and Sunder.


In literature:

An infinite number of varieties lies between limits which are not very far asunder.
"The Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Fanny Burney
Them pretty limbs'll be crushed and torn asunder!
"Dyke Darrel the Railroad Detective" by Frank Pinkerton
The Venetian glass of the French monarchy shivered and flew asunder with the working of a double poison.
"Biographia Literaria" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
A strong charge by them and the fighting half of the Northern force would be split asunder.
"The Scouts of Stonewall" by Joseph A. Altsheler
In many places throughout Laconia the rocky soil was rent asunder.
"Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Moreover, Satan entered into me, desiring to slay me, and almost tore me asunder, so that I vomited much, and loathed all manner of meat.
"Hypatia" by Charles Kingsley
The wall breaks asunder, light, like divine laughter, bursts in.
"Fruit-Gathering" by Rabindranath Tagore
And on their convex breasts, cleaving the air asunder, the city far below reflected a blue light.
"The Seven who were Hanged" by Leonid Andreyev
Meanwhile, Trowbridge was toiling away at the row of piles, which proved easier to draw out than to saw asunder, either work being hard enough.
"Army Life in a Black Regiment" by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
The Diet was torn asunder by this dangerous division, which threatened to destroy for ever the unity of its deliberations.
"The Thirty Years War, Complete" by Friedrich Schiller
Can one word from thy lips burst asunder the portals of eternity?
"The Robbers A Tragedy" by Friedrich Schiller
It will rend His heart asunder.
"The Death of Wallenstein" by Friedrich Schiller
The two are as far asunder as the pole from the equator.
"Weighed and Wanting" by George MacDonald
The curtain of flickering vapours, striped with luminous rays, is rent asunder.
"An Antarctic Mystery" by Jules Verne
At that moment the two vessels were not a cable's length asunder, the Oyster Ponders being slightly to leeward.
"The Sea Lions" by James Fenimore Cooper
I know but one Judge, and He is there; and He has said that those whom He has joined together, man shall not put asunder.
"John Caldigate" by Anthony Trollope
N., their distances asunder being each about five miles.
"A Voyage to Terra Australis" by Matthew Flinders
The clouds had drifted asunder and a few stars shone vaguely down on the wild scene.
"The Tidal Wave and Other Stories" by Ethel May Dell
With all his strength he strove to rend asunder the heavy steel chain, but it resisted his every effort.
"Mischievous Maid Faynie" by Laura Jean Libbey
The heavens did not roll asunder, nor did the earth open her abysses to swallow them up.
"A Short History of France" by Mary Platt Parmele

In poetry:

When the tie was cut asunder,
That had bound me to a home,
And I felt the desolation
Of being in the world alone;
"The Orphan's Good-Bye" by Nora Pembroke
Oh, rending the veil asunder,
He fled to mingle again
With the dread Orestean thunder,
The Lear of the driven rain!
"The Poet's Town" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
The city was moved to wonder,
And burst into praise and song,
And the multitude parted asunder
To gaze on it borne along.
"A Snow-White Lily" by Alfred Austin
Though his temples too be fair
Yet two horns are growing there
Bursting forth to part asunder
All the riches of his hair.
"The Satyr" by C S Lewis
Then took they two of Signy’s hairs
Bonds for his hands to be,
Nor might he rive them asunder
So dear to his heart was she.
"Hafbur And Signy" by William Morris
'Twas then she was rent asunder,
And the water did rush in —
It was most dreadful to hear it,
It made such a terrific din.
"The Wreck of the 'Thomas Dryden' in Pentland Firth" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

What could have been a most beautiful mishpachah was torn asunder by one son and his wife who decided to sever all relationships with their siblings.
Bible Belt Couples 'Put Asunder ' More, Despite New Efforts.
As San Diego has learned to its sorrow, hard-money lending works great when the real estate market is sizzling but comes asunder when the market cools.
These amoebas — parasitic microbes that live in the guts of snakes— transmit chemical signals if they can't manage to pull themselves asunder, says Moses.
Turn the timetables back to the 1860s when the battle between the states almost sent our country asunder.
A peaceful school in a peaceful town turned upside down by a man with guns , children and teachers killed, families torn asunder, lives altered unimaginably and forever.
To be a national hero even while advocating radical ideas that inflamed the young, antagonized the government, and tore asunder his own family.
I don't want to tear the union asunder, divide the nation, and risk plunging our country into another tragic civil war.

In science:

Today, however, as we enter the third millenium, there is a huge surge of interest among philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists in reconnecting the aspects of nature that were torn asunder by seventeenth century physicists.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
Pauli had always felt at Einstein’s somewhat formalistic attempts at unifying gravity with electromagnetism- forces which in Pauli’s phrase ”cannot be joined-for God hath rent them asunder”.
Landau's Last Paper and its Impact on Developments in Mathematics, Physics and Other Disciplines in New Millennium
Thus the scalars {−1, +1} are as much a part of S 3 as the bivectors L(r, λ) are, regulated by these unified basis . I am tempted to quip: What Nature has joined together, let no man put asunder.
Whither All the Scope and Generality of Bell's Theorem?