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What does the term static variable mean in unix speak?

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – From the section 2.7 of the book - The Linux programing Interfacenamed Process memory layout : Data is defined as the static variables used by the program. What is the significance of the word static here ? I am aware of what static variables are in Java but I can not relate that meaning in this context . (HowTos)