Dab – meaning of the word

To touch something with quick light touches, or to put a substance on something with quick light touches. (Cambridge Dictionary)

Press against (something) lightly several times with a piece of absorbent material in order to clean or dry it or to apply a substance. (Oxford Dictionaries)

If you dab something, you touch it several times using quick, light movements. If you dab a substance onto a surface, you put it there using quick, light movements. (Collins Dictionary)

dab of something is a small amount of it that is put onto a surface. (Collins Dictionary)

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