Middle English Dictionary Entry

bir(e n.(1)
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Naut. A wind or breeze, esp. one favorable for sailing; haven ~ at the bak, have a tail wind; abiden the ~, await favorable wind (i.e. circumstances).
(a) An armed assault or sally; a clash or encounter; (b) a blow or stroke; ?a shock [quot.Pearl]; fetten ~, strike (at sth.); (c) an attack or affliction.
(a) Violence or fury (of the elements); onrush, swiftness; at a ~, instantly; (b) strength (of a person); fecchen, taken ~, gather strength, get set; (c) haste; with bire, in haste.
Violence of emotion, passion, fury; a fit of rage; an outburst (of grief).