Waves in a Large Free Sphere of Water - An experiment at the International Space Station. What humans perceive as "weight" is not actually the force of gravity pulling us towards the ground (actually, towards the center of the Earth — although this is the technical definition of "weight"). What we feel as "weight", is actually the normal reaction force of the ground (or whatever surface we are supported by) "pushing" upwards against us to counteract gravity's downward pull — that is: the "apparent weight". (In the remainder of this article, the term 'weight', without 'apparent', is used in this sense.) While this is not always intuitive, imagine the floor dropping out from under you: without it, you'd be falling — and experiencing weightlessness. It's the floor supporting you against gravity's pull — and which keeps you from falling to the center of the Earth — that creates the sensation of "weight".
For example: a person in a broken lift in free-fall "experiences" weightlessness. This is because there is no force from the lift's floor on the person's feet, against the pull of gravity, as both the lift and the person ...