What does the word ruse mean?

Usage examples for ruse

  1. If the latter were newcomers and vastly in the minority, then the ruse might work for a while. – Ways of Nature by John Burroughs
  2. Soon he too was captured by Alonzo de Ojeda through the clever ruse of sending him a present. – Christopher Columbus by Mildred Stapley
  3. My challenge to Marzak was a ruse to gain time- to avoid shooting until Lionel's head should have become so dimly visible in the dusk that none could say whether it was still there or not. – The Sea-Hawk by Raphael Sabatini