from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Into separate parts or pieces: broken asunder.
- adv. Apart from each other either in position or in direction: The curtains had been drawn asunder.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. Into separate parts or pieces; apart.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. Apart; separate from each other; into parts; in two; separately; into or in different pieces or places.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- In or into a divided state; into separate parts; in pieces: as, to tear, rend, break, burst, or cut asunder.
- Separately; apart.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. widely separated especially in space
- adv. into parts or pieces
Middle English, from Old English on sundran : on, on; see on + sundran, separately (from sunder, apart).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originally two words; from Old English on ("a (preposition)") sundran ("separate position"). Cognate with Danish sønder, Swedish sönder, Dutch zonder, Icelandic sundur and Norwegian sunder/sønder, from Old Norse í sundr, akin to Gothic 𐍃𐌿𐌽𐌳𐍂𐍉 (sundro). (Wiktionary)