from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To break or wrench apart; sever. See Synonyms at separate.
- intransitive v. To break into parts.
- n. A division or separation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Sundry; different.
- v. To break or separate or to break apart, especially with force.
- v. To part, separate.
- v. To expose to the sun and wind.
- n. a separation into parts; a division or severance
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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
- intransitive v. To part; to separate.
- n. A separation into parts; a division or severance.
- transitive v. To expose to the sun and wind.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- To part; separate; keep apart; divide; sever; disunite in any manner, as by natural conditions (as of location), opening, rending, cutting, breaking, etc.
- Synonyms To disjoin, disconnect, sever, dissever, dissociate.
- To part; be separated; quit each other; be severed.
- To expose to or dry in the sun, as hay.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. break apart or in two, using violence
Middle English sundren, from Old English sundrian.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English sundor- ("separate, different"), from Proto-Germanic *sundraz (“isolated, particular, alone”), from Proto-Indo-European *snter-, *seni-, *senu-, *san- (“apart, without, for oneself”). Cognate with Old Saxon sundar ("particular, special"), Dutch zonder ("without"), German sonder ("special, set apart"), Old Norse sundr ("separate"), Danish sønder ("apart, asunder"), Latin sine ("without"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English sundren ("to separate, part, divide"), from Old English sundrian ("to separate, split, part, divide"), from Proto-Germanic *sundrōnan (“to separate”), from Proto-Indo-European *sen(e)- (“separate, without”). Cognate with Scots sinder, sunder ("to separate, divide, split up"), Dutch zonderen ("to isolate"), German sondern ("to separate"), Swedish söndra ("to divide"). More at sundry. (Wiktionary)