What does the word stratagem mean?

Usage examples for stratagem

  1. Four hours having passed, Tuck was released, and by a little stratagem on the part of the police he escaped without being interfered with by the crowd. – Vanishing England by P. H. Ditchfield
  2. But, as he argued, if he was convinced that the rascally Greek fellow meant mischief to her, was he not bound to employ every stratagem to be her safeguard? – Sandra Belloni by George Meredith, v1 by George Meredith
  3. It hears and sees equally well, and can only be approached by stratagem. – New National Fourth Reader by Charles J. Barnes and J. Marshall Hawkes