• WordNet 3.6
    • v sunder break apart or in two, using violence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sunder A separation into parts; a division or severance.
    • v. t Sunder To disunite in almost any manner, either by rending, cutting, or breaking; to part; to put or keep apart; to separate; to divide; to sever; as, to sunder a rope; to sunder a limb; to sunder friends. "It is sundered from the main land by a sandy plain."
    • v. t Sunder To expose to the sun and wind.
    • v. i Sunder To part; to separate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sunder Apart; asunder: used only in the adverbial phrase on sunder, in sunder, now reduced to asunder, apart, in which, in the fuller form, sunder assumes the aspect of a noun.
    • sunder To part; separate; keep apart; divide; sever; disunite in any manner, as by natural conditions (as of location), opening, rending, cutting, breaking, etc.
    • sunder Synonyms To disjoin, disconnect, sever, dissever, dissociate.
    • sunder To part; be separated; quit each other; be severed.
    • sunder To expose to or dry in the sun, as hay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Sunder sun′dėr to separate: to divide
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sundren, AS. sundrain,in āsundrain, gesundrain,), from sundor, asunder, separately, apart; akin to D. zonder, prep., without, G. sonder, separate, as prep., without, sondern, but, OHG. suntar, separately, Icel. sundr, asunder, Sw. & Dan. sönder, Goth. sundrō, alone, separately
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. syndrian, to separate—sundor, separate; Ice. sundr, asunder.


In literature:

Were not their hearts and lives completely sundered by this marriage of to-morrow?
"Vixen, Volume II." by M. E. Braddon
The sundered flakes of crimson twist and turn, they shrink, yet do not flee.
"The Masque of the Elements" by Herman Scheffauer
Cleves falls away, France and Spain are sundering.
"Privy Seal" by Ford Madox Ford
And an awakened people cannot rest till the deadly compact is sundered.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
What difference does it make whether we cling together, or are hopelessly sundered, as far apart as the poles?
"Master of the Vineyard" by Myrtle Reed
Who assure us, sundering powers Stand not 'twixt his soul and ours?
"Poetical Works of Matthew Arnold" by Matthew Arnold
And what variety of form and structure sunders them from other trees, what irregular persuasive grace.
"Apologia Diffidentis" by W. Compton Leith
I have your promise, and I will come between you and him to sunder you forever and to cast you down.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
There is much to threaten the sundering of love's bond.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
He was obliged to take his lot with the rest, for he was bound to his people by ties too strong to be easily sundered.
"Genghis Khan, Makers of History Series" by Jacob Abbott

In poetry:

I wish you were stricken of thunder
And burnt with a bright flame through,
Consumed and cloven in sunder,
I dead at your feet like you.
"Satia te Sanguine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
I have spoken and I have kneeled;
I have kissed her feet in wonder--
But lo! her lips--they are sealed,
God-sealed, and will not sunder.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
But Love came by, to quench my sleep,
And here's my sundered heart;
And bitter's my woe, and black, and deep,
And little I guessed a part.
"Liebestod" by Dorothy Parker
Bless God you 're free! then sunder all
Affection's dearest, holiest ties!
What right have slaves to feel at all?
What claim to sympathies?
"Liberty" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
"Then come, for mine are their spirits still,
With no touch of their earthly pain;
I sunder, and sunder but to join
Where I cannot part again."
"Life and Death" by Alexander Anderson
Scornful of absence' envious bar
BROWN smiles upon the mystic meeting
Of those her sons, who, sundered far,
In brotherhood of heart are greeting;
"Centennial" by John Hay

In news:

A Friendship Sundered by Muslim Code of Honor .
Sundered Greenwich Street Will Be Rejoined.
Knowledge and thought, sundering us from the animal life of instinct, have given us shame and guilt.

In science:

Sunder: Topological quantum field theories from subfactors.
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
Sunder for insightful comments, from mathematicians’ point of view, on the subtleties involved in the extension of Choi’s theorem on extremality of unital [or trace-preserving] CP maps to the infinite dimensional case.
Operator-sum Representation for Bosonic Gaussian Channels