A river that sunders the two mountain ranges.
A disagreement that sundered their friendship.
2003, Dean Barton, Searching for the Evergreen Man, Llumina Press, ISBN 9781932047233, page 69:... Carlo finally saw Everything, before it sunders into things; he saw Knowledge before it sunders into knowing; he saw Integrity before it sunders in integrals; he saw Unity before it sunders into units.
- into parts or pieces
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of sunder
- Middle English sundren from Old English sundrian
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th 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").
- From Middle English sundren (“to separate, part, divide"), from Old English sundrian (“to separate, split, part, divide"), from Proto-Germanic *sundrōnÄ… (“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.